Surprise inspection for cops; Better intel for AFP– DU30

Published April 10, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Fred M. Lobo
Fred M. Lobo

By Fred M. Lobo

 

Policemen should brace for surprise inspections nationwide, warns incoming Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde.

Time to police the Police. No more “pulis-antukin” and “pulis-tago”!

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President Duterte also directed the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to intensify intelligence operations nationwide to combat insurgency and terrorism.

Check rebels and terrorists through better intelligence ops and by using your intelligence, The punisher ordered.

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The President announced earlier that Albayalde, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief, was his choice as the replacement of retiring PNP chief Ronald de la Rosa.

Handle the police with toughness and pursue war on drugs, Duterteordered the incoming chief.

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“Yes we will do that (nationwide surprise inspection),” said Director Oscar Albayalde who is set to take the reins of the PNP this month.

He’ll do the job and raise hell vs sleeping cops. Hail the Chief!

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“Although (if) I won’t be able to do it personally now, I will put the responsibility to the commanders on the ground,” he said.

Strong PNP leadership and management, personally or by delegation.

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Albayalde, as National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director, is known for his surprise inspections of police precincts in Metro Manila in the wee hours of the night or early morn.

Target: Drinking or sleepingcops.

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Albayalde’s inspections also resulted in the sacking of several police officers with the creation of “red teams” or spot- up inspection teams at the national PNP level.

Time to improve police vigilance and diligence on the job, he stressed.

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Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara expressed hope that the PNP will improve its image,especially on alleged extrajudicial killings,and also uphold human rights under Albayalde’swatch.

“Albayalde’s leadership should give higher priority to the promotion and protection of human rights. The PNP should fulfill its mandate of enforcing the law, preventing and controlling crimes, maintaining peace and order, and ensuring public safety and internal security with human rights in mind,” Angara said.

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Albayalde said he will accept the challenge and also pursue the war on illegal drugs as directed by the President.

No to narco-politics as the President wishes, he warned.

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He disclosed that the PNP is validating names of incumbent barangay officials, from barangay chairman down to village council members (kagawad), who are allegedly linked to illegal drugs.

“If I were a candidate for barangay elections, I would volunteer for a drug test if I am not hiding anything,” Albayalde suggested.

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Likewise, Duterte ordered the military to step up intelligence operations in an address before the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) 2018 Command Conference in Davao City last Saturday.

“Further improve your intelligence and counterintelligence operations, and continue to work closely with other intelligence units and concerned stakeholders,” he said.

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The President and AFP Chief of Staff General Rey Leonardo Guerrero also announced “the activation of AFP-SOCom as the result of lessons learned during the Zamboanga City attack in 2013 and Marawi siege in 2017.”

It will take command and supervision of the Special Operations Wing of the Air Force; the Naval Special Operations Group; Scout Ranger Regiment, Special Forces Regiment and Light Reaction Regiment of the Army; and the Joint Special Operations Group of the General Headquarters, they said.

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“Secure the country and protect our people from all enemies of the state, the President stressed.

Yes to a better Armed Forces! Yes to better National Police!

 
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