‘Oplan Palitaw’ keeps tabs on lawmen

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The Manila Police District (MPD) on Monday launched its drive to account the number of policemen assigned to the City of Manila as part of Mayor Joseph Estrada’s mission to “cleanse” the city of corruption.

Dubbed “Oplan Palitaw,” the drive aims to have all MPD personnel in the city accounted for to make sure that they are doing their jobs instead of slacking off in their stations or in malls.

MPD Director Chief Supt. Isagani Francisco Ganabe Jr. said that the move was made after receiving reports that some policemen only show up in their designated posts during paydays. He also received reports that some cops pose as bodyguards of private individuals while others act as if a part of the security personnel of big companies.

The move also aims to keep track of all activities of policemen in the city and root out personnel who associate themselves with illegal activities.


The current number of policemen designated to the city amount to 2,625, in contrast to the more than three million residents of Manila City, or a ratio of 1:1,300 that is far from the ideal 1:500.

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

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