PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Ricardo Marques should deploy intelligence operatives to check on Highway Patrol Group personnel (HPG) who will be manning traffic along Edsa to discourage them from engaging in mulcting activities, former Senator Panfilo Lacson said Sunday.
Lacson said he had nothing against the Palace decision tapping the PNP-HPG to man traffic but it would be better if the police officers knew that they are also being watched.
Lacson, who also served as the chief of the PNP during the administration of former President and now Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada, added that intelligence operatives will ensure that the HPG men will focus on their new mandate and not in extortion activities.
The former lawmaker said he has been a witness to some “unholy” activities of some traffic policemen wherein instead of properly manning traffic along major thoroughfares, some of them started apprehending motorists for “imagined” traffic violators to extort money.
To address the problem, Lacson said he sent intelligence operatives to document the activities of subject traffic personnel.
“We apprehended them on the spot, have them face summary dismissal proceedings and charge them with robbery extortion in court,” said Lacson, in a radio interview aired over DZBB.
The former senator said if he will have his way, he will limit the role of the HPG to enforcement and apprehension while retaining the role of the MMDA traffic enforcers to direct traffic.