Officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who did not graduate from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) decried over the weekend the alleged refusal of officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and top officials of the PNP to address their decades-old complaint against discrimination.
Their persistent complaints stem from their perception that they are being treated like “second class citizens” in the police agency.
The PNP Academy Alumni Association Inc. (PNPAAAI), the Police Professionals for Righteousness and Integrity Movement and the Association of Police Officers via Lateral Entry, an organization of officers assigned in the technical service, said that it has been over a month since President Benigno Aquino 3rd directed DILG and PNP officials to correct the disparity in the promotions and assignments between PMA alumni and PNPA alumni.
“But nothing has happened,” said the group.
In one of the command conferences attended by Aquino at the PNP headquarters at Camp Crame early last month, the president supposedly observed that there was a huge disparity in promotions and subsequently ordered top officials of the PNP to correct the situation to prevent dissatisfaction among the ranks of police officials who are not PMA alumni.
In response, PNP chief Director General Allan Purisima promised to carry out the needed reforms.
DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, meanwhile, agreed to meet officials of the PNPAAAI led by Retired Bureau of Fire Protection chief Rosendo Dial and Retired Police General Tomas Rentoy to hear their complaints.
“Ang kanilang [Roxas and Purisima] pagtalima sa utos ng Pangulo ay tila puro ‘lip service’ lang, at walang bakas na may malasakit [Their avowals to abide by the order of the president seem to be mere lip service that smacks of lack of sympathy],” the PNPAAAI, however, said.