By Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is expanding its intelligence network against illegal drugs and other crimes by requiring all its uniformed personnel to find out and report all persons who are connected to illegal drugs trade and other criminal activities in their respective barangays.
The PNP has a strength of more or less 190,000 policemen while the country has 42,200 barangays.
Director General Oscar Albayalde, national police chief, said the PNP would have a wide array of intelligence data against crime if policemen themselves would start squealing what they know in their respective barangays.
“Every PNP personnel must be given specific duties to act as an agent of change in the community. He must know and report his neighbor who is involved in illegal drugs and crime,” said Albayalde.
In some cases, policemen would not reveal the drug personalities and other suspected criminals in their barangays due to bonds and friendships with them and their families as neighbors and relatives.
But Albayalde pointed out that it is for the greater good of every member of the community if every member of the barangay would cooperate to improve the peace and order in their locality.
Recently, the PNP Chief tasked all police commanders down to municipal and precinct levels to improve the peace and order in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
He also reminded all unit commanders to supervise and monitor the operations and activities of their anti-illegal drugs units against possible irregularities that often drag down the image of the PNP.
On human rights, Albayalde said the PNP remains responsive to the requirements of due process, rule of law, and human rights in all police operations, assuring it is an institutional policy and deeply rooted in police doctrine, systems, and procedures.
The guidelines cited command responsibility should be practiced by every commanders in the field, unit commanders and team leaders/supervisors must closely monitor and supervise the activities of the unit and all its personnel.
Albayalde had also ordered rigid and comprehensive vetting and selection process for drug enforcement unit personnel that will be applied through stringent screening and thorough background investigation.
“We will file administrative and criminal charge against PNP personnel found remiss in this duty as part of our internal cleansing program,” said Albayalde.