SENATOR Panfilo “Ping” Lacson yesterday criticized the anti-crime efforts of the Philippine National Police (PNP) which he alleged has not shown a “massive police visibility” efforts in its campaign against criminality.
“Ang nakikita kong pagkukulang ng law enforcement agencies natin ang visibility, kasi makakakita man tayo ng mobile cars, nakatago sa dilim eh,” said Lacson in a radio interview.
Lacson, a former chief of the Philippine National Police himself, chided that the government’s anti-crime campaign is more focused on crime suppression rather than prevention.
He explained that there are two kinds of campaign against crime: crime prevention and crime suppression. Suppression is being done when crimes already cannot be prevented, he added.
“Sa akin masyado sila naka-focus sa suppression, sa suppression sila, di sa prevention. Uulitin ko I have yet to see massive police visibility,” the senator insisted while giving an advice to the PNP leadership to give an order for a massive foot patrol in the station level.
He even noted when he was the Metrodiscom commander in Cebu, the invalid reasoning of some policemen who did not want to patrol because of lack of gasoline for their police vehicles. He castigated those policemen and ordered them to patrol on foot in order to save gas.
“Sa ibang bansa makikita mo nagfu-foot patrol ang pulis at napaka-approachable. Sa atin lang pag may nakitang mobile sa dulo ng kampo umiiwas pa motorist baka makotongan. Ano ba ’yan?” Lacson stressed.
He also narrated when he was the chief of the PNP their tandem with the Philippine Marine in their patrol. He proudly said that it resulted into a 75 percent decrease in petty or common crimes such as pickpocket, snatching, and thievery.
He insisted that it is the way for crime prevention so that there would be no need for suppression.
Lacson commented that President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against criminality is too aggressive but is only focused on suppression.
He admitted that crimes such as murder and robbery will happen eventually. But he also maintains on implementing a better strategy where the police can make patrols and prevent petty crimes from happening without arresting loafers (istambay).