It’s the ‘corrupt’ who must go

January 14, 2020

THIS suddenly dawned on me, dear readers.

That when PDU30 said that he would launch, without let up, a campaign against illegal drugs and corruption, he may have been referring mainly about the Philippine National Police.

No offense to the truly dedicated and professional members of our national police organizsation, this “conclusion” is not farfetched.

For as it turned out, the PNP remains among the most “unreformed” organizations in our bureaucracy despite repeated vows by its leadership, past and present, that they are “committed” to its continuing reform. Heck, they even came out with a “roadmap” the PNP is supposed to implement continuously and consistently since the time of Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Admittedly, much reforms have been made but apparently, this ‘culture of impunity’ remains as pervasive as it was during martial law, when the police has become a law “unto” itself.

Then as now, the “bata-bata system” and the “padrino system” that simply means coddling and protecting the corrupt elements (for as long as they can “deliver) is a practice that remains tolerated even by its top leadership.

That the present PNP leadership appears to be merely paying lip service to good governance and to the authority of both DILG Secretary Ed Año and PDU30 has been made glaring once again.

I am referring to PDU30’s ‘expose’ that most of us read yesterday that the PNP would be purchasing ‘speed guns’ (use to monitor vehicles breaking the speed limit) at around P950,000 each— when the Davao City LGU had purchased the same for a little over P10,000 a piece.

Prior to this, PNP OIC Archie Gamboa was all over the news praising PDU30 for approving the budget of P330 million for this project during their last command conference in Malacañang.

Only Monday last week, Sec. Ed was the guest of honor during the PNP flag ceremony in Camp Crame where he again exhorted the PNP, with Gamboa and the rest of the Command Group in attendance, to be “honest” in the discharge of their duties as public servants.

Translation? “No stealing, gentlemen,” as Grand Prince Alexander of Tsarist Russia told his generals at the start of World War 1.

And then this angry revelation by PDU30. That the PNP would be essentially “plundering” the P330 million approved budget with an overprice of more than 9,000 percent for a single item, wow, anlufet, ninyo, mga Bosing!

Hindi ba tumatayo ang balahibo ng mga lider ng PNP sa kanilang mga ginagawang ganito? Na ginagawa pala nilang “ogags” at “uto-uto” si PDU30 at Sec. Año,, front and back (harapan at talikuran) dahil balak nilang “dambungin” (na naman) ang pondo ng bayan?

And poor Sec. Ed, my good friend! While it is indeed a clear indication that PDU30 trusted him very much by giving him a lot of “additional tasks,” especially the ‘cleansing’ of the PNP prior to his deciding to appoint a “permanent” Chief PNP, I am sure Sec. Ed now realised that he is faced with a really daunting challenge.

I mean, faced with a group of people who can lie thru their teeth without batting an eyelash to protect their hides (and their crimes), what can one do?

As an exasperated Sen. Dick Gordon told the PNP during last year’s ‘Ninja Cops’ Senate hearing, after repeatedly seeing the lies of one policeman in order to protect his confederates, “Are you (PNP) the mafia?”

This makes one also compare the difference between the “military culture” (that “nurtured” Sec. Ed) and the prevailing “police culture.”

At least, sa military, “marunong” pang “mahiya” ang isang opisyal, eh, sa ating pambansang pulisya sa ngayon? Hindi ba pulos “takipan” ang ginagawa nila?

There have been many booboos of the PNP that have caught the public’s ire recently but then, “dinisiplina” at “iwinasto” ba ni Gamboa? Wala, pulos ‘press release’ lang, ahahay!

‘Yung mga “pulis-patola,” oo, sinibak na sa serbisyo, eh, yung mga kapwa niya opisyal, may aksyon ba? Aber, kahit si Sec. Año, “nganga” hanggang ngayon, hindi ba, mga kabayan?

At paano ‘yung mga ‘Ninja Cops’ hindi ba mga kabayan?

Huwag namang sabihin ng PNP na ‘yung mga pulis at mga opisyal na ‘tainted’ ng iligal na droga at sabit sa mga ‘heinous crimes,’ “inalis” na sa serbisyo at sinampahan na ng mga kaso? Andyan pa rin sila, tama ba, Boss Dave Veridiano?

Indeed, reacting to PDU30’s tirade about the PNP’s “plan” to plunder the P330 million budget for speed gun, former AFP chief and ambassador, Alexander Yano was  right when he told me:

“Corrupt-free PNP? PRRD is asking for the moon. That won’t happen in our lifetime.”

But may be, one “quick-fix”solution that Sec. Ed and PDU30 can consider is this: RETIRE all these police officials who are making them both look like fools, front and back (harapan at talikuran).

And in doing so, PDU30 can be targeting “two birds with one stone,” as our local saying goes. Malaking kabawasan kasi sa problema ng bansa sa korapyon at iligal na droga kung mawawala ang mga ganitong pulis sa serbisyo.

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Pres. Duterte’s confirmation that BoC commissioner, Rey Leonardo ‘Jagger’ Guerrero is staying on his post must have been a “balm” in the (suddenly) troubled mind of the customs chief.

The “trouble” was of course brought about by a news report last Friday that Comm. Jagger’s position was “offered” by the Chief Executive to one of his businessman friends during a Palace dinner two days previously.

But with Pres. Rody personally “correcting” what transpired during the dinner and emphazising that he is “satisfied” with Comm. Jagger’s performance, this issue should now be branded as, “palundag lang,” hehehe!

On the other hand, PDU30’s statement of support for Comm. Jagger (as reported yesterday by the Phi. News Agency), is “bad news” to corrupt customs officials.

As PDU30 said, “So, sabihin ko kay Jagger, alisin mo na ‘yan kasi ‘yan ‘yung mga tao na who have been there for 25 years, 20 years, puro corruption ang ginawa.”

In other words, it is the ‘corrupt’ in the agency who are now “counting their days”  and not Comm. Jagger, kaya… yeheyy, ayy, abangan!