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PNoy to new PNP chief: Stop patronage system

  • Written by EFREN MONTANO & ALFRED DALIZON
  • Published in Nation
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“Stop the bata bata,or patronage system, President Benigno S. Aquino III told newly installed Philippine National Police chief Director Ricardo Marquez  yesterday during the PNP change of command ceremonies in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
   
Aquino said he personally saw factionalism in the police force when he received accusations against candidates for the new PNP chief.
 
“’Yung pagbabatuhan ng putik, sintomas ng isang mas malaking problema sa ating kapulisan. Tila nga po may mga kampo-kampo sa loob ng ating kapulisan: May pulis na bata ni ganito, may pulis na bata ni ganyan,” Aquino said.
   
“Ang pananaw po natin: Bilang pulis, bata ka dapat ng sambayanang Pilipino; tropa ka dapat ng taumbayan. Ito po ang pangunahing kailangang itaguyod ng ating bagong PNP chief,”the President said.
   
He also tasked Marquez to unite the PNP, and to ensure peaceful elections next year.
   
For his part, General Marquez vowed  massive crackdown against rogues in the police service.
   
His first priority would be the members of the Manila Police District Station 4 in Sampaloc who were accused of summarily executing one of two notorious holduppers they accosted last July 15, he said.
   
Gen. Marquez ordered MPD director, Chief Superintendent Rolando Nana to immediately account for the policemen led by Senior Inspector Rommel Salazar who, along with four of his men came under fire after a CCTV footage showed some of the accused shooting the suspect although he was unarmed and his arms already raised in surrender.
   
Nana told the People’s Tonight before the turnover of command between Gen, Marquez and Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina that he would not relieve MPD Station 4 commander, Supt. Mannan Muarip, unless an investigation will show his complicity with the accused. He described Muarip as a ‘hardworking official’ who should be given a fair chance to explain his side.
   
General Marquez said there will be a no letup drive against policemen who bring shame to the organization. “The sword’s second cutting edge deals with the usual suspects -- the misfits and scalawags.
   
We know that our main mission as law enforcers is to fight crime. However, when crime fighters coddle criminals or become criminals themselves, our citizens learn to distrust, and even condemn, not just those few erring cops, but the whole organization as well,” he said.
   
President Aquino also praised Espina for “bringing the police closer to the people” during his stint as PNP officer-in-charge.
   
“Naging mabuti siyang ehemplo para sa mga kapwa niya Pilipinong pulis: bukas ang loob, magaling makipag-usap, at talagang mapagkumbaba,” Aquino said of Espina.
   
He also commended the PNP official for leading operations to arrest communist leaders and terrorists.
   
“Ipinamalas mo ang galing at propesyonalismong hinihiling sa mga tagapagtupad ng batas. Nakakalungkot ngang isiping umabot na tayo sa sandaling kailangan mong iwan ang serbisyo. Sa araw na ito, tanggapin mo ang taos-pusong pasasalamat ng sambayanan para sa lahat ng iyong sakripisyo’t pagsisikap,” he told Espina.
   
Spelling out the PNP’s successes under Espina’s watch, the President cited the apprehension of Miguel Omayao, a ranking leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front’s (CPP-NPA-NDF) West Central Mindanao Front.