The Philippine National Police (PNP) should step up its efforts in capturing bad elements to dispel the public’s mistrust on the police force, lawmakers said Friday.
Reps. Romeo Acop of Antipolo and Deputy Speaker Giorgidi Aggabao of Isabela called the PNP out in light of the disclosure of PNP Chief Alan Purisima that only three out of 10 victims of crimes report their ordeal to the authorities.
“This means a growing mistrust of the people to the proficiency and competency of our police personnel to resolve crimes. This could aggravate peace and order problems because it has been apparent that solutions and policies are based on wrong statistics,” Acop, a former Police Deputy Director for comptrollership when then rehab czar Panfilo Lacson was PNP chief, said.
“With such level of mistrust on the police, the PNP should be alarmed enough and rid itself of thieves and hoodlums,” Aggabao, a lawyer, added.
Purisima has lamented that the refusal of the victims to seek help from the police makes their job in capturing criminal elements all the more difficult.
Rep. Joselito Atienza of Buhay Hayaang Yumabong party-list earlier called for the resignation of Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd of the Department of Interior and Local Government, saying that the PNP has failed in its job in going after criminals.
Further, Atienza said that Roxas is better off driving a taxi.
But Rep. Edgar Erice of Caloocan City of the ruling Liberal Party took the cudgels for Roxas, saying that Atienza also held on to his post as a Manila Mayor even if crimes continue to happen in Manila. LLANESCA T. PANTI