Napol­com: Salary raise won't change rogue cops

The Freeman - - NATION -

A salary in­crease may not change rogue cops who com­mit crimes, a Na­tional Po­lice Com­mis­sion (Napol­com) of­fi­cial said Fri­day.

Un­der Joint Res­o­lu­tion No. 1, a Po­lice Of­fi­cer 1 (PO1) will now re­ceive P29,668, a 100 per­cent in­crease from the pre­vi­ous P14, 834 monthly ba­sic pay.

While some see the salary in­crease as a means to stop po­lice of­fi­cers from en­gag­ing in il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties, Napol­com Vice-Chair­man Ro­ge­lio Ca­surao said it would take more than a salary in­crease to lessen, if not elim­i­nate, po­lice "scalawags."

"Sa akin yung di­rect ef­fect nito sa isang pulis, ay yung nga dat­ing hindi nabibili ng pulis, nabibili na niya ngayon. Kasi mas malaki na ang take­home pay niya? Pero I will not eas­ily agree na dat­ing maliit sweldo niya at 'di siya mabait ngayon babait na siya. It re­mains to be seen. Ang ka­gan­da­han lang ni­tong ad­min­is­trasyon natin natu­gu­nan ang mu­munt­ing gusto ng mga pulis," he said.

"Bi­gyan mo man ng mi­lyon yan na sweldo eh prone [to] com­mit mis­chief yan, he will re­main the same," he added.

To date, the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice is com­posed of 181,562 uni­formed per­son­nel and 11,677 non-uni­formed per­son­nel. Those with rank of Po­lice Of­fi­cer 1 (PO1), which num­ber to around 75,550, ac­count for al­most half of the en­tire po­lice force.

PNP In­ter­nalAf­fairs Ser­vice data from 20152017 showed that 70 to 80 per­cent of those who were charged with ad­min­is­tra­tive cases were po­lice of­fi­cers with ranks of PO1 to PO3.

Ca­surao said it is no sur­prise that most of the of­fend­ers were PO1s be­cause they are the ones in di­rect con­tact with the com­mu­ni­ties.

Ca­surao noted that since be­com­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer is now con­sid­ered as pro­fes­sion­al­ized ser­vice, any­one with a bach­e­lor's de­gree can be ad­mit­ted to the PNP.

Ca­surao said there is some­thing wrong with the re­cruit­ment process. "Sa re­cruit­ment pa lang, may de­pekto ka na eh. Sim­ple ques­tions lang sa neigh­bor­hood, may idea ka na kung anong klaseng tao itong tatang­gapin mo," he said.

Ca­surao added that the train­ing is com­pro­mised and as­pir­ing po­lice of­fi­cers are al­ready grafted into the faulty sys­tem. An­other fac­tor why new re­cruits turn into bad cops is that they are men­tored by high-rank­ing of­fi­cers who are also cor­rupt, he said.

"Kaya't na­paka­malas mo kung ikaw ay trainee at na-as­sign ka doon sa isang scalawag na higher rank mo at mag­ing bisor mo. Kasi pag natu­ruan ka ng hindi tama, that's the start of your wrong ed­u­ca­tion," he said.

Ca­surao said re­cruit­ment and train­ing should be im­ple­mented well.

"Kasi kahit anong beau­ti­ful rules and reg­u­la­tions i-de­sign mo, kung ang im­ple­men­ta­tion ay dys­func­tional wala ring mangya­yari eh. So it re­ally needs a lot of mon­i­tor­ing, na la­hat ng mga poli­cies, es­pe­cially on re­cruit­ment, are ob­served. Ta­pos tinit­ing­nan mo yung ca­reer pro­mo­tion nila ay fair and square para you elim­i­nate the dis­sen­sion," he said.

Ca­surao added that there is no other rem­edy to re­vamp the PNP as an or­ga­ni­za­tion other than to en­sure that all poli­cies on re­cruit­ment, train­ing, and im­ple­men­ta­tion of laws are fol­lowed to the spirit. —

FILE PHOTO

A Fe­bru­ary 7, 2017 file photo shows a fum­ing President Ro­drigo Roa Duterte vent­ing his frus­tra­tion on the po­lice of­fi­cers who are fac­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive charges af­ter they were pre­sented to him at Mala­cañang.

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