PNP shopping for surveillance equipment

Published July 23, 2019, 10:18 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Aaron Recuenco

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is now looking for effective surveillance equipment that it would recommend to President Duterte who promised to fund the improvement of the intelligence-gathering capability of both the police and the military.

Philippine National Police Chief Director Oscar Albayalde (Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)
Philippine National Police Chief Director Oscar Albayalde
(Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)

PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde said that the President had already asked the police and the military leadership to submit recommendations on what equipment would be bought.

In his State of the Nation Address, Duterte vowed to improve the intelligence-monitoring capability of the police and the military

“We will give recommendations on what intelligence equipment we should acquire,” said Albayalde.

The official said improved intelligence capability is a necessity amid the threats of terrorism.

Last month, it was recalled that two suicide bombers, one of them was confirmed to be a Filipino, blew themselves up inside a military camp in Sulu. Three civilians and three soldiers died while more than 20 others were injured.

Albayalde said they also have to improve their intelligence capability against the decades-long problem on communist insurgency.

“I think this is a good investment to improve our intelligence-gathering,” said Albayalde.

The PNP leadership has been pushing for the procurement of surveillance equipment but is usually faced with obstacles in getting the approval of the Congress over privacy issues.

Police also wants to use modern surveillance equipment against suspected drug lords and traffickers.

Aside from the equipment, Albayalde said Duterte also promised to improve the training and skills development of policemen and soldiers.