PNP cites 2013 gains
Despite controversies that hounded the organization, the Philippine National Police enjoyed a good year, PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima said Sunday.
“The Philippine National Police had a very good performance in 2013. We have done so many things to further improve our operational capability,” said Purisima.
The PNP was embroiled in two controversies – the alleged rubout in Antimoan, Quezon and the killing of robbery leader Ricky Cadavero – but these served as an impetus for reforms within the organization, Purisima added.
He said all the policemen implicated in the incidents were already under investigation for both criminal and administrative charges.
The focal point of the reform programs, Purisima said, is the recruitment of new policemen– both for non-commissioned and commissioned officers.
In the PNP Academy for instance, one of the major sources of police officials, several reform measures have already been implemented to make sure that the next generations of officers are both incorruptible and reform-oriented, Purisima said.
The same applies to recruitment of non-commissioned officers (those with ranks from Police Officer 1 to Senior Police Officer 4), he added.
“The recruitment is now so strict. If you do not pass the exams, then you’re out. There’s no more padrino system, unlike before,” said Purisima.