SAYING it’s a ‘good sign,’ Philippine National Police chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday welcomed reports that a University of the Philippines official had expressed openness to suggestions that police train their security officers.
“That’s a good sign, at least they admit na talagang mayroong problema doon because no less than the chair of the CHED had already said na talagang may problema doon sa loob especially proliferation of illegal drugs,” the country’s top cop said.
He issued the remark as U.P. Vice President for Public Affairs Elena E. Pernia was quoted as saying she is open to the idea of having their police force undergo training by the PNP in order to strengthen their capabilities in investigating and addressing crimes taking place in their campus.
According to Gen. Albayalde, he himself had received reports about petty crimes taking place in areas like the U.P. Los Baños in Laguna.
“So how can they monitor? They were not even intelligence-trained.. itong mga tao na ito (U.P. Police), they don’t even have police power to investigate and to file cases. Kailangan talaga nila ang tulong natin doon,” he said.
The PNP chief also supported the opinion of Commission on Higher Education chairman, Dr. Prospero De Vera, to review the 30-year old agreement between the Department of National Defense and U.P. that sets rigid conditions for access of government security forces into U.P. campuses.
He specifically agreed with the CHED chairperson who cited the “prevalence of the drug problem” in the state university and its police force’s inability to handle crime and extremism in campus.
“We should not expect those in the academe to become policemen. They don’t have the skills, they don’t have the training and maybe what the media should investigate is what is the capability really of the UP Police to handle the drug problem inside the campus because there are portions of the UP campus identified as areas where there is a prevalence of drugs,” de Vera had said.