On the reported ‘hidden cell’ inside a Manila Police District station

If true, these policemen are no better than the kidnap-for-ransom gangs that I used to chase throughout my law enforcement career. Those responsible must therefore be treated no differently from those criminal syndicates that they themselves are mandated to neutralize.

This is definitely another big challenge that the PNP leadership has to resolve with dispatch. There is no other way.

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Lacson to PNP leadership: Follow up good start to internal cleansing bid

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.  Continue reading “Lacson to PNP leadership: Follow up good start to internal cleansing bid”

Lacson sa PNP leadership: Dapat hindi lang push-up

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.  Continue reading “Lacson sa PNP leadership: Dapat hindi lang push-up”

Lacson bill gives PNP’s IAS more teeth vs erring cops

The Internal Affairs Service (IAS), the Philippine National Police’s institutional watchdog agency, may soon get more teeth to curb abuses and further enhance discipline in the police agency, with a bill filed by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson.

Lacson, who headed the PNP from 1999 to 2001, said Senate Bill 1310 seeks to make the IAS more effective and efficient, especially in the light of the anti-drug war being implemented by the present administration.

“In order for IAS to fulfill (its) functions, it is crucial that the pertinent provisions of the law guarantee that the organization is capacitated and empowered in instilling discipline and enhancing performance of personnel and units of the police force at all levels of its command,” he said.  Continue reading “Lacson bill gives PNP’s IAS more teeth vs erring cops”

Lacson Bill: PNP-IAS lalagyan ng ngipin

Umarangkada na ang Mataas na Kapulungan ng Kongreso para mapabilis ang imbestigasyon ng mga awtoridad sa mga tauhan at opisyal ng Philippine National Police (PNP) na sangkot sa mga katiwalian at kriminalidad.

Naisampa na kasi ni Senador Panfilo Lacson, chairman ng Senate Committee on Public Order and Illegal Drugs, ang Senate Bill 1310 na naglalayong palakasin at pabilisin ang kapangyarihan ng Internal Affairs Service (IAS) ng PNP, kaisa-isang sangay ng institusyon na naatasang dumisiplina sa mga mapang-abuso at tiwaling pulis.

Sa ilalim ng naturang panukala, pabibilisin na ang imbestigasyon ng IAS sa mga pulis na sangkot sa kung anu-anong katiwalian upang kagyat din na mapatawan ng karampatang parusa ang mga ito.  Continue reading “Lacson Bill: PNP-IAS lalagyan ng ngipin”

Lacson suspends hearings on ‘tokhang for ransom’ amid government’s restructured anti-drug war

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.  Continue reading “Lacson suspends hearings on ‘tokhang for ransom’ amid government’s restructured anti-drug war”