ANTI-crime advocates on Wednesday decried President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s continued refusal to listen to the call of the public to replace Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima, saying the stand of the President clearly manifests his anti-victim stance.
The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) said the alarming rise in criminality is mainly because of Purisima’s incompetence.
“The President’s staunch support to Purisima amid a mounting crime wave and an evidently weak and inefficient law enforcement is an unfortunate manifestation of his blind reliance on his KKK [kaibigan, kamag-anak at kabarilan] instead of solidly being pro-victims,” VACC chairman Dante Jimenez said during a hearing conducted by the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs.
Jimenez also accused Aquino of politicizing crime fighting because the accommodation being given to Purisima is killing all efforts to maintain law and order in the country.
“The loyalty of the President to Purisima is a clear indication that he is willing to sacrifice the safety of the millions of Filipinos, whom he claimed to be his ‘bosses,’ just to keep his appointees happy,” the VACC chief pointed out.
Jimenez asked the committee chairman, Sen. Grace Poe, to look into reports of “reinstatement for sale” at the National Police Commission (Napolcom), wherein suspended police officers can get reinstated in exchange for a fee.
He also wanted the quota system probed, wherein low ranking police officers are ordered to raise money from illegal activities in their areas and forward the proceeds to their superiors on a weekly basis.
Jimenez said the quota system is the reason why illegal gambling operations such as jueteng continue to flourish.
He noted that it is only now that his group feels so hopeless because policemen have now become criminals themselves.
The VACC sees further deterioration of peace and order in the country because of the coming Christmas season and preparations for the 2016 national elections.
Poe, however, said although she is disappointed with Purisima, sacking the PNP chief would not erase the problems at the police organization and would even spare its chief of any liability.