THE Philippine National Police leadership headed by Director General Oscar D. Albayalde again won’t require the 175,000-strong police force to seal the muzzles of their guns with masking tape before the New Year festivities but will see to it that there will be a much tougher campaign against indiscriminate firing.
Gen. Albayalde explained that since they started veering away from the traditional practice of sealing the muzzles of the service firearms of their men last year, they have been able to prove that members of the police force are responsible enough.
“Last year, there is no case of indiscriminate firing involving a policeman with a sealed firearm. With that, we have shown the entire public that we are responsible police officers,” the PNP chief said.
Gen. Albayalde said they were also thinking that foreign tourists in the country are wondering why the guns of policemen on patrol are sealed and signed by the beat officer.
The PNP chief said that tourists gawked at the sight of a cop with a sealed firearm in previous years giving them the impression that local policemen are not as disciplined as the law enforcers in their country.
For his part, National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said that in line with the PNP’s ‘Ligtas Paskuhan 2018’ program, there will also be no more sealed guns for the Team NCRPO but all Metro Manila policemen are under orders to further intensify police visibility to “ensure there will be peace, order, safety and joy in our midst, every moment of the day.”
Eleazar said the sealing of firearms gives the wrong public impression that police officers cannot be trusted. “Hindi na lang seselyohan kasi parang mali eh. Parang umpisa pa lang, wala ka nang tiwala,” he told the Journal Group.
The official explained that in fact, there were fewer cases of policemen being accosted for violating the directive against indiscriminate firing since the PNP leadership abandoned the tradition.
Eleazar said they are fielding 7,823 NCRPO personnel who, with the support of nearly 10,000 force multipliers will oversee the peace and order situation in Metro Manila.
The NCRPO chief said that the police and ‘force multipliers’ are posted strategically regionwide particularly in all places of convergence and vital installations,” Eleazar said.