Lacson rejects House proposal to give police military ranks

Published April 2, 2018, 5:54 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Mario Casayuran

Senator Panfilo Lacson rejected outright today a bill at the House of Representatives seeking to make the ranks at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) equal to those at the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Senator Panfilo Lacson during the hearing of the Blue Ribbon committee on the nabbed P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China, at the Senate of the Philippines in Pasay on Monday. (JAY GANZON / MAN ILA BULLETIN)
Senator Panfilo Lacson (JAY GANZON / MANILA BULLETIN)

‘’First, he (1987) Constitution provides for a PNP that is civilian in character,’’ Lacson said.

‘’That is the reason why the ranks of its personnel are made easily distinguishable from military ranks,’’ he explained.

Another reason, according to Lacson, is that ‘’at a time when the public is becoming familiar with the police ranks, it may not be wise to give them military ranks,’’ he added.

Lacson, a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), was a former PNP Director-General. He is currently the chairman of the Senate public order and dangerous drugs committee.

Several senators in past Congresses had wanted to erase the word ‘’General’’ in the rank of the PNP chief because it has a military connotation.