Bangsamoro police not separate from PNP — Ferrer

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The police force that will be set up for the Bangsamoro region will be part of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Miriam Coronel Ferrer, chief peace negotiator with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said.

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“The ‎Bangsamoro police will not be a separate entity from the PNP. It will be set up as a regional command of the PNP similar to all other regional police commands in the country like the one in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM),” Ferrer said.

She said this is clearly stated in Article XVI, Section 2 of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

“Consistent with the Constitution, the Bangsamoro police force will be under the command and direction of the PNP chief and the administrative control and supervision of the National Police Commission. The recruitment, training and promotion of personnel, the acquisition of firearms and other adjunct services shall remain under the PNP’s jurisdiction,” Ferrer added.

She noted, however, that operational control of the Bangsamoro police will reside in the chief executive of the regional entity.

“In the proposed law, operational control and supervision of the Bangsamoro Police will be exercised by the Chief Minister of the Bangsamoro,” she explained.

According to House Bill 4994, the ‎Bangsamoro government shall have the primary responsibility for public order and safety within the region. Defense and security, however, shall be the responsibility of the Central Government.

Ferrer also debunked allegations that the MILF will automatically become part of the Bangsamoro police.

“There is no truth to such claims. ‎The MILF combatants will not become the police force for the Bangsamoro, unless they apply and qualify as individuals,” she said.

The chief negotiator explained that the regular hiring process for police officers is expected to be followed in the Bangsamoro.

“It is also clearly stated in the proposed BBL that the matters of hiring and recruitment of Bangsamoro police are under the jurisdiction of the National Police Commission and the PNP,”‎ she said.

The main add-on to the current system is the creation of the Police Board made up of elected members of the Bangsamoro parliament and sectoral representatives, the Government panel chief clarified. The NAPOLCOM shall exercise administrative supervision of the Bangsamoro police through this Police Board, which shall serve as NAPOLCOM’s regional unit.

. PNA

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  1. Juan Mabayan on

    Contrary to the contention of Miriam Ferrer, the PNP will have no real control over the Bangsamoro police. Although the BBL states that the Bangsamoro police is part of PNP, the wordings of the BBL will make the PNP inutile. The real power will be exercised by Bangsamoro’s Chief Minister who will “select the head of the Bangsamoro police and his deputies”, “exercise operational control and supervision and discplinary powers”, “ employ or deploy the elements of and assign or reassign the Bangsamoro police”.

    In addition, a Bangsamoro Police Board shall be created which shall perform the functions of Napolcom in supervising the Bangsamoro police. The Chief Minister is the ex-officio chairman of the Bangsamoro Police Board. He will also appoint the majority of the board members and the rest will be sectoral representatives.

    Ferrer and the BBL are playing tricks on us by stating that the Bangsamoro Police is part of PNP, while the succeeding statements clearly show that PNP can not control the Bangsamoro police.

    If the MILF leaders believe that the PNP will have control over the Bangsamoro police, why did they shoot the SAF?

  2. There are THREE things WRONG with Ferrer’s statement, namely:
    1. She cited the WRONG article. It should be Article XI on “Public Order and Safety” (Page 52). Article XVI that Ferrer cited refers to “Bangsamoro Transition Authority” (Page 93).This just goes to show Ferrer does not know her “onions.” Nakakahiya!
    2. Art XI, Sec. 2 says the Bangsamoro Police “shall be part of the Phiippine National Police.” Aba, magaling!… Except that the law creating the PNP is that it must be “national in scope,” whereas Sec. 2 says the Bangsamoro Police shall be “REGIONAL IN SCOPE.”
    Question: Paano maging part of the PNP ang Bangsamoro Police when “national” ito (na ibig sabihin, kahit saan sa Pilipinas) whereas ang police ng bangsamoro ay “regional” lamang (walang pakialam sa ibang lugar ng Pilipinas)? Clearly, INCONSISTENT ITONG SECTION 2 NA ITO sa sarili niya! You cannot pass a law that is inconsistent and contradictory!!
    3. Ang Bangsamoro Napolcom ay pangsarili din para sa kanila lang… so same argument as #2 above. INconsistent and contradictory!

  3. There are THREE things WRONG with Ferrer’s statement, namely:

    1. She cited the WRONG article. It should be Article XI on “Public Order and Safety” (Page 52). Article XVI that Ferrer cited refers to “Bangsamoro Transition Authority” (Page 93).This just goes to show Ferrer does not know her “onions.” Nakakahiya!

    2. Art XI, Sec. 2 says the Bangsamoro Police “shall be part of the Phiippine National Police.” Aba, magaling!… Except that the law creating the PNP is that it must be “national in scope,” whereas Sec. 2 says the Bangsamoro Police shall be “REGIONAL IN SCOPE.”

    Question: Paano maging part of the PNP ang Bangsamoro Police when “national” ito (na ibig sabihin, kahit saan sa Pilipinas) whereas ang police ng bangsamoro ay “regional” lamang (walang pakialam sa ibang lugar ng Pilipinas)? Clearly, INCONSISTENT ITONG SECTION 2 NA ITO sa sarili niya! You cannot pass a law that is inconsistent and contradictory!!

    3. Ang Bangsamoro Napolcom ay pangsarili din para sa kanila lang… so same argument as #2 above. INconsistent and contradictory!

    Why did you draft an inconsistent and contradictory BBL, Madam Ferrer??

  4. Carl Cid Inting on

    When the MILF has its own territory and laws, will PNP be able to regulate them? As shown by Mamasapano, MILF can prevent troopers from entering their territory and exercise their jurisdiction. Besides operational control and jurisdiction of Bangsamoro police will be exercised by Bangsamoro chief minister. Malabo yan!

    • As stated in the proposed BBL., wala na dapat MILF., babalik na sila sa pagka-civilian.. ideally., with respect naman sa Bangsamoro Police.. Tama yun., halos walang pinag-kaiba sa existing na ARMM Police ang Bangsamoro Police.., Pero, may DANGER dito., ang Police Board ay hindi directly or administratively under sa NAPOLCOM.. Therefore, Mas Powerful ang Minister in terms of Police Power.., Later on., whoever the Minister elected can easily manipulate the bangsamoro Police to serve their own interest.. Okey sana kung hindi corrupt ung ma elect na Minister., but if otherwise., walang makaka palag kay minister kasi hawak niya Police., then, there will be no justice., kasi wlang law enforcement na maayos.., hope nakutulong po inputs ko.. :)

  5. Then if what Ferrer said is true, then why did they ambushed the 44 SAF’s and refused to surrender the firearms stolen and refuse to surrender the men (MILF’s, BIFF’s) involved in the massacre, such statements were deliberately given to appease the anger of those orphaned families and the national leadership who correctly sensed the danger of pursuing the BBL enactment into a law such as even the authors withdrew their support for its passage, also safe to say the manner of orientation and indoctrination the BIFF, MNLF and MILF and later the JIM’s their leadership in the rebel movement educate them. So suspicious and dangerous.