From Alfred Dalizon’s column in People’s Journal: I fully agree with former Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson when he declared that the conviction of a former policeman for the brutal killing of two teenagers in 2017 along with the resulting law transferring the training of police recruits to the Philippine National Police should help spell the end for “drug-related” torture and murder – and other abuses involving rogues in uniform.
The conviction of a former policeman for the brutal killing of two teenagers in 2017, along with the resulting law transferring the training of police recruits to the Philippine National Police (PNP), should help spell the end for “drug-related” torture and murder – and other abuses involving scalawags in uniform.
Former Senator and PNP chief Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson stressed this as he noted the grim lesson from the conviction of former Police Officer 1 Jeffrey Perez should reinforce the improved training for police recruits as provided by Republic Act 11279 – which he sponsored after investigating the case in the Senate.
“A stern lesson from the past has been served to our future policemen. The conviction of ex-PO1 Perez, along with the improved training of police recruits as provided by RA 11279, should drive home the message that there is no room for unfit and erring police officers, a.k.a. ICU Cops – the Inept, Corrupt and Undisciplined,” said Lacson.
Mas maayos na serbisyo publiko mula sa gobyerno – sa pamamagitan ng malawakang internal cleansing sa hanay nito – ang isa sa mga prayoridad ni Senador Ping Lacson sa kanyang unang 100 araw sa pamumuno sakaling mahalal na Pangulo sa Mayo 2022.
Ito ang siniguro ni Lacson na tumatayong standard-bearer ng Partido Reporma. Aniya, ang naturang paglilinis sa hanay ng gobyerno ay dadaan sa kamay ng batas.
“Ang massive internal cleansing, hindi ito indiscriminate. Base ito sa ebidensya na kung saan may mga kawani ng gobyerno na sa halip na tumulong, nakakaperwisyo pa sa pamamagitan ng katiwalian,” ani Lacson sa kanyang panayam sa DZRH nitong Sabado.
Enhanced, not disrupted. This will be the state of public services rendered by the government following a massive internal cleansing in the first 100 days of a Lacson Presidency.
This assurance came from Partido Reporma standard-bearer Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson, who stressed Saturday that the cleansing will be evidence-based and follow the rule of law.
“Ang massive internal cleansing, hindi ito indiscriminate. Base ito sa ebidensya na kung saan may mga kawani ng gobyerno na sa halip na tumulong, nakakaperwisyo pa sa pamamagitan ng katiwalian (Such a massive internal cleansing will not be indiscriminate. It will be based on evidence against public servants who engage in corruption and other wrongdoing instead of helping their fellow Filipinos),” Lacson said in an interview on DZRH on Saturday.
A stern internal cleansing of the bureaucracy will be a priority of Senator and Partido Reporma Chairman and standard-bearer Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson, should he win the presidential election this May.
Lacson said it is time to purge the bureaucracy of public servants who betray their oath by failing to provide public service – or worse, by engaging in various forms of corruption including bribery and even extortion.
“Kakalusin dapat (We should get rid of them),” he said in an interview on DZME radio Wednesday afternoon, when asked what he would do with misfits in the government, especially those who steal.
In an interview on Abante Radyo Tabloidista, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
* ABS-CBN franchise [30:25]
* Fake news vs Anti-Terrorism Law [37:22]
* Cops accused of violating the law [16:07]
* Dealing with COVID at home [21:20]
* DOH issues in handling COVID pandemic [24:05]
From Alfred Dalizon’s column in People’s Journal: During his tenure, Gen. Lacson ordered the relief of a police general who was caught playing golf in Baguio City despite his directive. That directive from Gen. Lacson made the headlines then.
The fitness policy adopted by the Philippine National Police leadership is a win-win situation for all – except for the criminals.
Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson stressed this Tuesday as he lauded the PNP, which he headed from 1999 to 2001, for keeping alive what he considers his best legacy to the institution.
“I would like to think the best legacy I left in the police institution was the discipline that I instilled in my policemen who I enjoined to stop huffing and puffing with big bulging tummies. Instead, they maintained a maximum waistline of 34 inches so they would be trim and thin when they chased robbers and other criminals,” Lacson said.
In an interview on DZBB/GNTV, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– continued drug recycling by P/Maj Baloyo’s ‘colleagues’ who are still out there
– fate of Chief PNP Albayalde and race for his successor
– generals reportedly involved in drug trade
In an interview on DZMM, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– advice to PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde amid present controversy
– demoralization in PNP due to ‘ninja cops’
– legislative remedies vs rogue cops
– Bilibid inmates’ subsistence allowance
Mailalagay na sa mas tamang estado ang mga nais maging miyembro ng Philippine National Police (PNP) matapos na maisabatas ang panukalang nagtatakda sa institusyong pagsasanayan ng mga ito na iniakda ni Senador Panfilo Lacson.
Ang Senate Bill 1898 ni Lacson ay naging ganap nang batas o Republic Act 11279 matapos na ito ay malagdaaan ng Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte noong nakalipas na Abril 12 ng kasalukuyang taon at isinapubliko nitong nakalipas na araw.
Sa ilalim ng naturang batas, mula sa Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC), ang PNP na ang mangangasiwa sa pagsasanay ng mga nais na maging miyembro ng kapulisan.
The Philippine National Police now has an added tool to build a physically and morally competent force while beefing up its internal cleansing efforts, after a bill authored by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson was signed into law.
Republic Act 11279 – based on Lacson’s Senate Bill 1898 – gives the PNP full responsibility and accountability for the training of its new recruits.
“With the transfer to the PNP of the training of police recruits, we can strengthen the foundation of a competent police force not just physically but also morally,” said Lacson, who headed the PNP from 1999 to 2001.
Huwag na ang mga guro. Mga nasibak na pulis at sundalo na naging masamang elemento ng lipunan gaya ng gun for hire na lang.
Ito ang naging payo ni Senador at dating Philippine National Police Chief Panfilo Lacson sa ahensiya, matapos lumutang ang balitang isinailalim nito sa “profiling” ang guro na miyembro ng isang organisasyon.
“The PNP should instead conduct profiling and surveillance on dishonorably discharged PNP and AFP personnel to keep track of their post-discharge activities including their lifestyle,” mariing pahayag ni Lacson.
Kung mamo-monitor umano ng PNP ang aktibidad ng mga ito, maraming krimen sa bansa ang mabibigyan ng solusyon, at marami ring krimen ang mapipigilan katulad ng kaliwa’t kanang pagpatay.
“In that way, they may be able to solve a lot of crimes, even preempt them,” dagdag pa ng mambabatas.
Malinaw na pagpapakita ng hindi pagpapahalaga sa buhay ang ginawa ng pitong pulis na walang habas na nagpaputok ng kanilang baril nitong nakaraang Pasko at Bagong Taon, kung kaya’t wala nang pagkakataon pa para sila ay manatili sa serbisyo.
Ito ang naging panawagan ni Senador at dating Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Panfilo M. Lacson sa kasalukuyang pamunuan ng ahensiya matapos na personal niyang malaman ang ginawa ng mga nabanggit na alagad ng batas.
Sa mensahe ng mambabatas sa kanyang Twitter account, ipinadama nito ang kanyang galit sa mga pulis dahil posibleng ang ginawa ng mga ito ay magdulot umano ng matinding kapahamakan o kaya ay kamatayan sa mga maaring matamaan ng bala.
“What if someone got hit and died, or paralyzed? Damn these scumbags! They have no purpose in life, really. Give them the boot ASAP, Chief,” saad ni Lacson.
At the Kapihan sa Senado forum, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– return of the Balangiga Bells from the US to PH
– portrayal of PNP leadership in ‘FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano’
– suspension of excise tax on fuel products in 2019
– President Duterte’s supposed ‘power nap’ at the ASEAN Summit
– possible arrest of former First Lady Imelda Marcos
– bringing down VAT and cutting the number of exemptions
– possible Senate inquiry into recent killing of local executives
– rogue cops abusing their authority amid a pay raise starting January 2019
– prospective third telco
– DICT leadership change
– legislation transferring training of police recruits from PPSC to PNP
– ‘rampant corruption’ at Customs
– possible extension of martial law in Mindanao
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.
From RMN News: Mas magagawa ng PNP ang tungkulin nito na pagserbisyuhan at protektahan ang mamamayan lalo at kung mayroon itong authority at accountability sa pagsasanay at pagtuturo sa mga tauhan nito.
In his media briefing on Aug. 13, 2018, PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde thanked Sen. Lacson for Senate Bill 1898, which gives the PNP full responsibility and accountability for training police recruits. Video courtesy: PNP Facebook page
“In line with the continued efforts of the PNP to reform and modernize, we are thankful to Sen. 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.
“The PNP has long been appealing to our legislators for Congress to revisit the law. It is high time the PNP take full responsibility in training our own personnel.
“Each year the PNP is authorized by Napolcom to recruit an average of 10,000 personnel to replenish the ranks of personnel separated due to retirement and attrition.”
To make sure its new recruits learn to uphold the law instead of violating it, it is high time the Philippine National Police take full responsibility – and accountability – for their training.
Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson, who headed the PNP from 1999 to 2001, stressed this over the weekend, adding this should greatly help in the police force’s internal cleansing.
“In past months, we have seen how police officers, many of them non-commissioned ones with the ranks of PO1 and PO2, had been involved in heinous crimes. It’s about time we revisit the law to make the PNP the premier educational and training institution for our policemen and policewomen,” Lacson said.
Lacson is to sponsor this coming week Senate Bill 1898, which amends Sections 66 and 67 of Republic Act 6975. The present law mandates the Philippine Public Safety College to train police personnel.
Ganap nang umusad sa Mataas na Kapulungan ng Kongreso ang panukalang masawata ang mga pang-aabuso at kriminalidad na kadalasan ay kinasasangkutan ng mga bagitong miyembro ng Philippine National Police (PNP).
Sa darating na linggo kasi ay nakatakda nang i-sponsor ni Senador Panfilo M. Lacson sa plenaryo ang Senate Bill 1898 na naglalayong ipaubaya na lamang sa PNP ang pagsasanay at pagtuturo laban sa kriminalidad ng mga baguhang tauhan ng ahensiya.
“In past months, we have seen how police officers, many of them non-commissioned ones with the ranks of PO1 and PO2, had been involved in heinous crimes. It’s about time we revisit the law to make the PNP the premier educational and training institution for our policemen and policewomen,” paliwanag ni Lacson tungkol sa naturang panukala.
At the Kapihan sa Senado forum, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– House leadership change and Mayor Sara Duterte’s alleged role
– Lamitan suicide bombing
– Internal cleansing vs scalawags in the PNP
– Charter change and federalism
– Using seized smuggled high-end vehicles vs criminals
– firing of Deputy Ombudsman Carandang
– US proceedings vs Janet Napoles
– TRAIN-2 in the Senate
– proposed 60-40 joint exploration with China in the West PH Sea
Under Sen. Lacson’s leadership from 1999 to 2001, the Philippine National Police got high marks not only for bringing down criminality, but also for regaining public trust. One factor was a physical fitness program that required police personnel to maintain a waistline of 34 inches or less.
Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa is off to a good start in implementing a much-needed internal cleansing of the police force but will need to go beyond scolding cops linked to wrongdoing, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said.
Lacson, who headed the PNP from 1999 to 2001, said the public expects more positive action other than a strong reprimand, such as meting out the commensurate punishment for erring police personnel.
“Magandang mensahe, symbolic ang push-up at ang mura and everything, but it should go beyond that. Ang hinihintay ng tao, ano bang positibong aksyon aside from meting out the appropriate or commensurate punishment?” he said.
Magandang panimula ang push-up pero dapat na sundan ito ng higit na epektibong sistema ng pagdidisiplina sa mga tiwali at mapang-abusong pulis hanggang sa muling tumino ang Philippine National Police (PNP).
Ito ang naging tugon ni Senate Committee on Public Order and Illegal Drugs Chairman at dating PNP Chief Panfilo Lacson, kasunod ng nabanggit parusa na ipinataw ni PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa sa ma pulis na sangkot sa pangingidnap at pangongotong sa mga Koreano sa Angeles, Pampanga.
“Magandang mensahe, symbolic ang push-up at ang mura and everything, but it should go beyond that. Ang hinihintay ng tao, ano bang positibong aksyon aside from meting out the appropriate or commensurate punishment?” banggit ni Lacson nang matanong sa naturang usapin.
Citing the government’s focus on rogue police personnel in its restructured war against illegal drugs, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson is suspending the Senate’s hearings on “tokhang for ransom” incidents involving scalawags in uniform.
Lacson, who chairs the Senate committee on public order and illegal drugs that held a hearing on the matter last week, said it would be wise that the Senate wait and see how the major changes in the anti-drug war will work out.
“In view of the massive restructuring of the war against drugs to focus on rogue cops as ordered by the President, it is my view that the Senate wait and see how this latest development plays out. Having said that, I am suspending the hearings on the ‘tokhang for ransom’ issue,” he said.
“Punuan ang mga naging pagkukulang at huwag kalilimutan na dahil armado at may kapangyarihan ang mga tauhan, hindi malayong ang iba sa mga ito ay gumawa ng kabalbalan.” – Sen. Lacson’s advice to Gen. dela Rosa