PHILIPPINE National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde’s New Year wish is for the 190,000-strong police force to continue living up to expectations and produce more significant results as it continues to fight crime, drugs, terror and corruption in 2019.
“Together with my wife, Cherrylyn, and our children, I join the entire Philippine National Police as we welcome the year 2019. My fervent wish is for every member of our beloved organization to have a more productive and meaningful year, with all our efforts directed towards the greatest good, and with God at the center of our service,” the country’s top cop said in his New Year message to his men.
“Sama-sama nating salubungin ang bagong taon at harapin ng buong tapang, sigasig at malasakit ang mga panibagong hamon ng ating serbisyo sa sambayanang Pilipino. Buo ang aking tiwala na pagkatapos ng mga pinagdaanan nating mga hamon, hirap at tagumpay nitong nakaraang taon, ay higit na handa tayong paigtingin pa ngayon ang init ng pagkakaisa laban sa lahat ng uri ng karahasan sa buong bansa,” he said.
Gen. Albayalde said he expects the Year 2019 to bring in more challenges to the police service and more expectations from the people we serve. “With the downtrend in crime in 2018, I thus urge every member of the organization to exert greater effort to sustain this trend and assure our countrymen of our best in ensuring more peaceful streets and safer communities.
The anti-drug war must remain relentless and strong even as we must continue to sharpen our capabilities and strategies to once and for all put an end to this menace that has long been destroying many lives,” he said.
The PNP chief said they also face greater responsibilities as the nation prepares for the BOL Plebiscite and the 2019 midterm national and local elections, with the challenge to surpass the successes of past election security operations, as well as ensure utmost security during the conduct of the plebiscite. On top of all these, we will make sure to put more teeth to our internal cleansing efforts with greater responsibility and accountability now placed on the shoulders of commanders for the erring personnel in their ranks. While all these will be at the center of our efforts, let us not be remiss in the performance of other police duties and responsibilities,” he added.
Rogues in uniform remain PNP headache in 2018
YEAR 2018 saw the patience of Gen. Albayade tested by quite a number of rogues in uniform as he embarked on a massive internal cleansing program since assuming the PNP’s top post on April 19 last year.
A few weeks before Christmas, the member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 met at least 128 police field commanders at Camp Crame and announced that unit commanders whose men will be involved in abusive acts will be automatically relieved from their posts.
He was speaking from experience: that many embarrassing incidents involving members of the police force have been attributed to the failure of some police commanders to take appropriate actions that could have prevented those shananigans.
Officials present during the same meeting said that the PNP chief made it clear that he has enough of abuses being committed by ‘our own personnel’ and thus, would like all concerned to exercise real leadership by ‘acting like a real commander on the ground and supervising closely their personnel.
Gen. Albayalde said he will be employing a ‘1-strike policy,’ meaning those unit commanders whose personnel will be involved in abuses will be automatically relieved from their posts without any hesitation.
He also said all PNP Provincial and City Directors should know what to do and there is no need for them to wait for reminders as the PNP National Headquarters had already sent them countless directives.
The PNP chief also told all concerned officials to see to it that their patrol cars will be issued to 1 or 2 drivers only for proper maintenance and care. He also made it clear that he wants all police stations and offices clean, particularly their respective comfort rooms. To do this, Gen. Albayalde instructed his officials to avoid being depended on their ‘strikers’ or casual utility workers.
Last but not the least, the PNP chief ordered his ground commanders to submit only well-written.
The PNP chief had said he really means business when it comes to the crackdown against criminality specifically drugs and rogues in uniform. It means that he will implement a ‘one-strike policy’ on local police officials if their personnel figure in cases of abuse including rape and extortion.
let-up until we completely achieve our desire for a highly professional and disciplined police force that truly deserves the trust and support of the people,” Gen. Albayalde said.
PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Benigno B. Durana Jr. said that 368 of the erring policemen were dismissed for drug-related offenses.
Caramat called anew on the public to report police abuses, irregularities and anomalies thru their 24/7 Text and Call hotlines: 0998-970-2286 and 09995-795-2569 and thru ‘Counter Intelligence Task Force’ (@PNPCITF) on Facebook Messenger.