Davao solon wants PNP internal affairs placed under President’s office

DAVAO CITY – Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles has proposed that the  internal affairs service (IAS) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) should be placed under the supervision and control of the Office of the President to rid the police of scalawags and misfits spawned by the “mistah” system which is prevalent within the police organization.

Nograles said the PNP’s internal affairs service and the National Police Commission have been largely  ineffective in the campaign to cleanse the police of scalawags and misfits because of the prevailing culture of brotherhood among policemen.

“Honestly, I can’t fault them for this culture of brotherhood because you really cannot remove this bond, especially because they went through the same hardships during training. Right or wrong, they tend to protect each other lest they want to be ostracized,” Nograles said.

Nograles said the current campaign of the PNP leadership to get rid of scalawags could really take-off if its IAS is “removed from the wings of the PNP to be more effective and credible.”

Even the recruitment process should be reviewed, Nograles said, as he noted that the pattern of abuse in the police service may also have something to do with the recruitment and training of new policemen.

“There seems to be a prevailing perception that cops can get rich  quickly which attracts many recruits, some of whom even resort to cheating just to be able to become a cop,” Nograles said citing the  April 2011 PNP entrance examination where at least  387 passers were discovered to have cheated, possibly through leakage.

“These cheats should be permanently barred from entering the police service instead of simply issuing a temporary ban. As far as I’m concerned, they have lost their right to be part of any law

enforcement agency or any public office or employment for that

matter,” Nograles said.

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