THE Eastern Police District has launched a new tact to help address the presence of scalawags in police uniform: the so-called Squading System where God-centered police officers act as their brothers’ keepers.
EPD director, Chief Superintendent Bernabe M. Balba, said the system was officially launched last week at the Christ Commission Fellowship in Frontera Verde in Pasig City in line with their all-out support to the internal cleansing strategy of Philippine National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde.
“The program shall institutionalize both concepts and shall primarily focus in preventing PNP members from being involved in illegal activities thru its Squad Organization which closely monitor each of their members. It also focuses on the reformation and transformation of police officers through spiritual and moral recovery interventions with the participation of religious sectors and implementation of reshape training,” the member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Maringal’ Class of 1988 told the Journal Group.
Balba said the system incorporates the essential components of the programs “My Brother’s Keeper’’ (MBK) and Bless our Cops Support Group (BOCSG). Top advocates of these programs include PNP Director for Operations, Director Ma-o R. Aplasca, PNP Director for Information Communications and Technology Management, Director Cesar Hawthorne R. Binag and PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Benigno B. Durana Jr.
MBK closely monitors the attendance and compliances of their members and at the same time help identify officers engaged in illegal activities. On the other hand, BOCSG is a group of volunteer church ministers, priests, pastors from different faith-based organizations which act as value and spiritual coaches to their members.
Since the entry of the Duterte administration in 2016, the PNP has been embarrassed by the presence of a few police officers and men who were arrested for their involvement in illegal activities including murder, drugs, kidnapping and rape, their cases sensationalized by both the domestic and foreign press to the consternation of the majority of the police force which continue to do their sworn duty to serve and protect.
This has prompted PNP Chief Oscar D. Albayalde to remain steadfast in his conduct of a no-nonsense internal cleansing program with ‘zero tolerance’ on police personnel particularly engaged in illegal drug trafficking and abuse, kidnappings, murder, robbery-holdup and extortion.
During the launching of the program, Aplasca discussed the PNP’s new concept of internal cleansing which he described as ‘preventive, punitive and restorative.’ He said their objective is to support the ongoing PNP internal cleansing program and the PNP Transformation Program, and most importantly, ensure that all members of the National Capital Region Police Office and the rest of the police force will observe the true spirit of the Police Officers Pledge. Aplasca also said they want to distribute the burden of maintaining discipline in ranks and mentoring to the new members of NCRPO.
“The fact that the PNP chief himself is one of the squad leaders of the PNP Command Group including the regional directors and with the regional director as the squad Leader of district and provincial directors, we believe this program can really lead the way to a genuine transformation,” Aplasca said.