THE leadership of the Philippine National Police should be commended for its determination to stop the unauthorized manufacture, sale and distribution of PNP uniforms and accoutrements.
Certainly, there is one thing the PNP, headed by Director-General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa of Class 1986 of the elite Philippine Military Academy (PMA), can do to address the problem.
It is the stricter enforcement of applicable laws and regulations aimed at curbing the proliferation of unauthorized makers, distributors and sellers of PNP uniforms and accoutrements.
The PNP has accredited persons and entities to manufacture, sell and distribute official police uniforms and accoutrements, according to Director Efren M. Perez, head of the PNP Directorate for Research and Development.
Used by unscrupulous individuals, who pose as police officers and men, these uniforms and accoutrements are rampantly being sold on the streets in various parts of the country.
Lawless elements, like terrorists, rebels, bandits, pirates, kidnappers and bank robbers, use these unauthorized apparel each time they commit crimes even in broad daylight.
At the same time, Dela Rosa, a close ally of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, directed his men nationwide to fully implement PNP Letter of Instruction 09/06 or “Tamang Bihis Alpha.”
“Kung minsan ay nabubuking ang isang pekeng pulis dahil sa maling paggamit niya ng uniporme at insignia ng PNP,” said a well-meaning barangay official, who is a brother of a police major.
The PNP leadership ought to rid the country of fake policemen whose illegal activities continue to tarnish the image of the agency, which is civilian in nature but national in scope.
And we are glad to know that the PNP leadership is really out to stop the proliferation of unauthorized makers, distributors and sellers of police uniforms and accoutrements.