By Martin Sadongdong
Police officers must start adapting to and embracing the “change” being implemented in the Philippine National Police (PNP), a ranking police official disclosed today.
Chief Supt. Edward Carranza, regional director of Calabarzon Police Regional Office (PRO-4A), made this statement following his surprise inspection at select police stations in Bacoor, Cavite on the wee hours of Tuesday.
The surprise inspection led to the discovery of at least two cops caught sleeping while on duty, he said while noting that the change he was referring to was the PNP’s internal cleansing program.
“This is in consonance with the marching order from the chief PNP (Director General Oscar Albayalde) even before my assumption as regional director of Calabarzon. The order is for me and my commanders to take the lead (in the internal cleansing program),” said Carranza in a chance interview at Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City during the 35th founding anniversary of the Special Action Force (SAF).
“It’s part of the culture change. We must adapt to it,” he added.
As such, Carranza said he has ordered all of his provincial directors to conduct spot inspections during the wee hours to check on their lax policemen.
“I have instructed my provincial director in Cavite to conduct evaluation and precharge investigation to those policemen who are in violation of the chief PNP’s order,” he added.
As this developed, Carranza also confirmed the relief of chiefs of police of Silang and Dasmariñas Police in Cavite; Antipolo in Rizal; and Biñan in Laguna because of “performance issues.”
He also said the internal cleansing program does not only apply to ground troops but also to commanders, even him.
“No one should take this lightly, not even me because we are given one month to prove ourselves in our new designations,” he said.
Carranza was among the high-ranking police officials who were reshuffled by Albayalde last week after the review of their performances.
Carranza assumed the post of Calabarzon police chief on Saturday, replacing Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, who is now the director of the National Capital Region Police Office.
Meanwhile, Carranza vowed to adhere to Albayalde’s order and cleanse their ranks of erring and lackey police officers.
“If my subordinate commander cannot perform as to the standard set by the PNP hierarchy, then I think they have no business staying in their positions as commanders in Calabarzon area,” he said
“Hindi natin papayagang mabahiran ng katiwalian ang institusyong nilikha ng aking ama na ang layunin ay gawing abot-kaya ang pagpapagamot lalo na para sa mga senior citizen at mahihirap nating kababayan na higit na nangangailangan nito, (We cannot allow corruption to taint the institution that my father created to ensure our senior citizen have access to cheaper medicines and healthcare services),” said Angara, author of the Expanded Senior Citizens law and the Universal Health Care law.