Starting January 2019, when the salary increase of policemen takes effect in compliance with Joint Resolution No. 1, it bears watching if ‘kotong cops’ will disappear from the street corners and dark alleys and instead focus on their job of protecting and serving the people.
I have high hopes that it will materialize, since with all the benefits and unprecedented salary hike accorded to the military and uniformed personnel, thanks to the strong political will of President Rodrigo Duterte who almost singlehandedly pushed for the same, there is every reason for right-thinking police officers to love and secure their profession, not to mention to be motivated enough to show a debt of gratitude to their Commander-in-Chief who made an almost impossible legislation to pass.
Looking back, I can’t help but realize how we – starting from our cadetship in the Philippine Military Academy, all the way to retirement from the uniformed service, were fed, clothed, sheltered, and provided with all the logistical support and more – should have no reason whatsoever not to give back all we can, even our lives to government and the Filipino taxpayers who spent for all that we needed.
That is why it is deplorable, to say the least, when we hear of ranking military and police officers who abuse their positions, steal government funds, and even the meal allowances of their men.
Voting 19-0, the Senate approves Senate Bill 1898 on third reading. SB 1898, sponsored by Sen. Lacson, seeks to transfer to the PNP the authority and responsibility of training police recruits.
Sen. Lacson’s Sponsorship Speech for Senate Bill 1898
At a Glance: SB 1898, Placing the Training of Police Recruits Under the PNP
SB 1898 breezes through the period of interpellation in the Senate
From People’s Tonight: Like other peace-loving and well-meaning Filipinos, we hope members of Congress – senators and congressmen – will cross party lines to ensure the passage of the proposed legislation. Continue reading “📰 Editorial: Reforming the PNP [People’s Tonight]”
In an interview on DZMM, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– Possible pork in the 2019 budget
– SB 1898, transferring police recruits’ training to PNP
Quotes from the interview… Continue reading “Interview on DZMM | Aug. 17, 2018”
From the Inquirer: Sen. Lacson advised PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde to “sustain” the police’s internal cleansing program, or else it would go to waste as scalawags will again prevail. Continue reading “📰 Lacson: PNP internal cleansing ‘on the right track’ [Inquirer]”
From the Manila Bulletin: “In line with the continued efforts of the PNP to reform and modernize, we are thankful to Senator Panfilo M. Lacson for filing SB 1898, which when passed into law, shall vest the PNP with full responsibility and accountability in training and honing our new recruits and personnel as they prepare to enter the police service,” said Albayalde in a media briefing. Continue reading “📰 Albayalde thanks Lacson for bill giving PNP full authority in training recruits [Manila Bulletin]”
From Tempo: “To pinpoint responsibility and accountability in the recruitment and training of police officers, the responsibility of training new recruits should go to the PNP,” Lacson said. Continue reading “📰 Lacson wants training of cops back to PNP [Tempo]”