• Headcount of Manila’s cops to make sure they’re on the job

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    The Manila Police District (MPD) will make a headcount of its officers as part of Mayor Joseph Estrada’s campaign to rid the city of corruption.

    Dubbed “Oplan Palitaw”, the drive aims to have all of the city’s police officers accounted for to make sure that they are on the job instead of slacking off in their stations or in malls.

    Chief Supt. Isagani Francisco Ganabe Jr., MPD director, said Monday he had received reports that some policemen only show up in their designated posts during payday, and that some cops act as bodyguards of civilian individuals or big companies.

    Manila has 2,625 officers serving the city’s more than three million residents.

    That means a ratio of 1 police officer for every 1,300 residents, which is far from the ideal 1:500.

    Genabe said that only 10 percent of all police personnel should be deployed to offices and the rest should assigned to the field to raise police visibility.

    JAN ERICK C. TUTAAN

     

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