ALTHOUGH there are scalawags in the Philippine National Police (PNP), the public still believes that the men and women in uniform are capable of regaining the people’s trust and confidence.
In fact, the current leadership of the PNP, headed by Director-General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa, is seen to be sincere in its campaign to rid the 175,000-strong agency of “rotten eggs.”
Senator Loren Legarda, a former hard-hitting broadcast journalist, has stressed anew the need to address the issue of erring lawmen, who continue to tarnish the image of the national police force.
“Many of our cops are good people, but the few police scalawags stain the integrity of the entire organization,” said Legarda during a public hearing on the proposed budget of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The DILG supervises the PNP, which is civilian in nature but national in scope, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
Dela Rosa, a member of Class l986 of the elite Philippine Military Academy (PMA), assured the lady senator that measures are being undertaken to address the problem of police scalawags.
Observers said that more than a year after he assumed the top political post of the land, President Duterte has not shown any sign of backing off from his commitment to hit hard at erring cops.
Today, it appears very clear that the days of bribe-taking, abusive, lazy and 15-30 policemen are numbered.
Certainly, Legarda, chair of the powerful Senate Committee on Finance, and other members of Congress want an efficient and well-equipped police force to serve and protect our people and country.
It’s a gigantic task, but it is not an impossible mission as long as the Filipino people, now numbering more than 100 million, support the Duterte presidency and the PNP leadership.