MANILA — Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo M. Lacson is urging the Philippine National Police to weed out rogue cops by conducting “an intense and sustained internal cleansing.”
“The PNP at this point needs an intense and sustained internal cleansing. If the problem of cops getting involved in robbery holdups, drugs, extortion and kidnapping is not addressed vigorously, the erosion of public trust on our policemen will take its toll on the government’s overall peace and order campaign,” the former senator, said.
The statement was made following reports on criminal incidents involving policemen, the most recent of which is the event last September 1 where policemen were involved in a P2-M kidnap-rob incident.
In view of this, Lacson is now calling for the PNP to review its system and training program.
“A thorough review of their recruitment system and training program therefore, should be undertaken immediately. Most important and above all else is the time-honored ‘leadership by example’ principle. It is second to none,” the former senator said.
Lacson also warned PNP that the administration’s peace and order campaign may be hampered if the officials will not address the urgent concern right away.