• We must worry now about the entire PNP barrel

    11

    The old proverb says, “A rotten apple spoils the barrel.” It means that a bad person influences everyone he or she comes into contact with, making them bad, too; or a bad person or policy, etc., can ruin everything around it.

    The shocking abduction and murder of a Korean businessman by PNP police personnel within the premises of Camp Crame, the headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP) acutely reminds us of the truth of the proverb, and its possibly even more alarming implication.

    We are dealing here not just with one or two policemen who are rotten or are possible criminals. Now, the nation must worry also that they are representative of our entire police system – the PNP – they may not be the only ones who are rotten; the national force itself may be rotting also.

    Regardless of the histrionics of the amiable PNP Director-General Roland de la Rosa, and his claims that the police corps stills deserves public trust, the nation cannot afford not to look and search for the facts.

    What makes the situation alarming is not only the fact and details of the crime, but the fact that it took place right within the PNP’s headquarters in Camp Crame.

    This is the second time within months that a person in the custody of the police has been murdered within police premises. The case of the late mayor Ronald Espinosa of Albuera, Leyte is still fresh in our minds. He was murdered in early dawn in the city jail of Bayabay, Leyte, by police of operatives of the PNP’s Criminal Detection and Investigation Group in Region 8 (East Visayas). No less than the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has concluded, after an exhaustive investigation, that Espinosa’s killing was a “rubout.” The commander of the PNP CDIG-8 stands accused along with others of the murder.

    The case took place in October last year. So within the space of a few short months, the national police has placed itself in the rack for crimes of the most heinous nature.

    To worry about the entire PNP barrel is not being alarmist; it is judicious. It’s well-proven from experience in the Congress and the police that the presence of one bad guy—or one “bad apple”—could mean the infection of the entire institution.

    In Congress, official inquiry has shown that the misuse or abuse by some legislators of their pork barrel allocations led to the abuse/misuse of the same by nearly the entire legislature.

    In the case of the PNP, we can remember many sensational cases in which members of our national police force, who instead of being enforcers of the law, were the ones breaking it.

    The problem is such that the nation must not shirk the responsibility of investigating or inquiring competently, whether we face here “a culture of lawlessness and abuse” within the nation’s police force itself.

    It’s unwise and imprudent to conclude this early or quickly that the entire PNP is rotten. That conclusion must be reached through patient and resolute investigation.

    We would not counsel an inquiry by the Senate or the House of Representatives, because then it would become a political inquiry, to be manipulated at will by politicians. Far better is a judicious investigation by the Department of Justice and the NBI. They should be given full powers to investigate.

    The dubious results of congressional inquiries are well known. We should not replicate them here. The stakes of a sound and resolute inquiry are very high. And they involve not merely the future of our police system, but the country’s reputation in the world, and its relationship with a close and most important neighbor—South Korea—which happens to be the biggest source of foreign visitors every year.

    We have a compelling reason—and a moral obligation—to do justice and do the right thing in this case.

    Share.
    loading...
    Loading...

    Please follow our commenting guidelines.

    11 Comments

    1. This is the reason I have never liked the idea of doubling the salaries of policemen and military men. Give them an increase, fine but doubling? Many of them have gone rogue a long time ago since they have the connections and the guns. Look at who are usually involved in major crimes across the country. Masyado nang pinapanigang ang PNP. I personally believe that there are more rotten policemen than good ones and not the other way around, I am sorry to say. And the punishment is usually just dismissal and not jail term.

    2. This is the reason I have never liked the idea of doubling the salaries of policemen and military men. Give them an increase, fine but doubling? Many of them have gone rogue a long time ago since they have the connections and the guns. Many are ringleaders in kidnapping, jueteng, drug trade, illegal arms deals, carjacking. Moral values are required and no matter how much we increase their salaries, if they have no good moral values, they will just use their clout to commit crimes. Even the petty traffic enforcers sort of force people to commit bribery by the way they conduct their business. Masyado nang pinapanigang ang PNP. I personally believe that there are more rotten policemen than good ones and not the other way around, I am sorry to say. And the punishment is usually just dismissal and not jail term.

    3. Now the extent of criminality, peace and order problem is exposed. And that it is coming from all directions, internal and external, the enforcers, the shady business, white collar criminals, regulators, judiciary, politicians.

      Notably generals, mayors, governors, congressmen, senators are the prime operators/protectors of all major crime organizations. And their operators are mostly government staff, servicemen, whose salaries are borne by the people. All traitors!

      The efforts of all government agencies need a lot of rethinking and change. So far it is directed at keeping the status quo, hoodwinking the people.

      Solving or fighting crime done in front of stupid media camera? what are these inutils after, sell themselves to become another senator? Why not just work hard, neutralize the threats and bad elements (internal and external), not with hype, but with quite effective action, like ejk, etc. which is appropriate in these cases, for instance… and there are more than can easily be done. Learn from mistakes, do the right thing. Just simple elimination of dirt by any and all means, is one; move a few steps ahead is another… but it all means move your fat asses, instead of face the stupid media cams.

      If nothing changes in this system of governance, then we should do away with it.

    4. It started duringthe Marcos era. Police brutality, then, came to be accepted as fact, inspiring fear among te poplace.

    5. Death for murderers!!! That’s why reimposing the death penalty is a legal imperative.
      What right and privilege in this world do these policemen-stranglers have to end the life of a peaceful person, moneyed for honest business deals?
      Firstly, life is a God-given gift. Out of about 6 million, only one spermatozoon, admittedly the victor, fertilizes the egg and develops into a fetus. Tedious child-bearing for the mother and child-nurturing for both parents, secondly. And thirdly, the very person’s attempt in finding his place under the sun. Life’s stages, from high Heavens to earthly struggles, sniffed away mercilessly by money-motivated murderers. Let’s please support Sen. Manny’s call for the re-imposition of capital punishment.

    6. In Congress, official inquiry has shown that the misuse or abuse by some legislators of their pork barrel allocations led to the abuse/misuse of the same by nearly the entire legislature.
      ————————————————————-

      True.

      Out of 120 congressional names on the Napoles list only 3 opposition senators were arrested.
      The other 117 were protected by Aquino and De Lima, Not charged and allowed to keep the kickbacks.

      Why are the law enforcement agencies not arresting them ?

    7. it is very unfortunate that people are being killed. nevertheless, this is an event that, hopefully, will turn things around. when mendoza was murdered, the president came out saying that he believed the policemen involved. while people then disagreed, not a lot was done. let’s dare the president to come out saying that the policemen involved here are innocent and that he supports them. let the murderers are prosecuted and jailed or executed. more importantly, let the cleanup of the PNP – and the military – start.

      • The trail and case will still be ongoing years from now.
        The Philippines justice system is incompetent.

        For example the 2009 Maguindanao massacre still ongoing with no convictions after 8 years.

    8. This article is a bit late or maybe PNP Chief Bato is a bit too fast in responding to the crime. The police officers who abducted and killed the Korean businessman have already been caught. The ball is now in the hands of the justice system. Hopefully the courts will mete fair and swift justice. Hopefully it will not be a narco judge who will be assigned to the case.

    9. Money , drugs and power corrupted the PNP from top to bottom. I know a Colonel that owns a multi million Nissan Patrol, A multi million pesos home nd 10 condominiums with never ending KABITS. Where in hell did he get the money ? Drugs and kidnappings.