PNP Seeks to remove LGU’s power to appoint chiefs

Section 51 of Republic Act 6975, otherwise known as the “PNP Law” among other things provide, that the Governor in the case of the Provincial Government, in his capacity as a deputized representative of the National Police Commission, shall have the power to appoint, from among three candidates recommended by the PNP Regional Director, his PNP Provincial Director. And in the case of City/Municipal Mayors, from among 5 recommendees of the PNP Provincial Director, their respective PNP Chiefs of Police.

National Police Commission

PNP Director General Jesus Verzosa is calling for a dialogue with the National Police Commission, to discuss the possibility of calling for an amendment of certain provisions of RA 6975 (PNP Law) and RA 8551 (Amended PNP Law), which grant local executives the power to appoint police officials. He said, such powers given to Governors and Mayors, often result to the formation of the private armed groups in many localities in the country. Versoza further said in an interview,  that  he will be citing reports from the Zenarosa commission on private armed groups to strengthen his argument against this law.

I believe Versoza, in his desire to undertake this change, will have to face a difficult fight. LGU’s will surely be dismayed and therefore, oppose this move. Its going to be a battle against all odds. But this is truly a very laudable call. A valid argument. For it is important that our government should be able to protect our people from all possible threats of abuse, by some politicians, whose only way to maintain their power is by the use of the 3G’s. Goons, Guns and Gold. Sad to say, that’s very common in the Philippine scenario today. Who knows, we could have avoided the recent ill fated Maguindanao Massacre, to ever happen, if this issue have been addressed earlier. 

While these politicians continue to enjoy their power and authority over our police force, the more politics is being introduced. The more we expose our policemen in such a situation where they have to consider their “good relationships” with their Chief Executives at all times. Otherwise they are doomed to be displaced, if not transfered to other assignments.  This in itself is corruption. Although both agencies belong under one jurisdiction of the DILG, there should be an autonomy between them, in as far as ” PNP appointments” are concerned. This is the only way to give our police officers, more independence  and sovereignty against the mostly manipulative Governors and Mayors.

PNP Director General Jesus Versoza

The main problem is, how can Versoza possibly push through for an amendment of the law, when it would require the votes of the very lawmakers, whom, if not the fathers or the sons or the uncles of these Chief Executives, are closely tied up with them, for alliances and support? Too, in tandem with them for a common goal of  protecting their political interest, which is to stay in power for as long as they can. Politics as it may sound, but sadly, this is the most common scenario, Versoza may have to deal with.


4 Responses to “PNP Seeks to remove LGU’s power to appoint chiefs”

  1. August 3, 2010 at 4:58 am

    i wish this plan of the pNP will push through. It is a big step to avoid corruption and abuse of power by our incumbent leaders and to think that some of this chiefs of police are the protectors of the illegal activities of the cities like the juetengs and jai alai which more often than not, participated by the local chief executive itself.

    also it will lessen the kurakot of the chief of police themselves because for protecting or assuring to protect a business in the locality these policemen become parts of the business’ payroll. if the Police chief is not a choice of the mayor, he will have fear to continue being kurakot or accepting lagay from the local businesses for protection.

    Go Gen Versoza!! Go Pnoy! Go Pilipinas!!!

  2. 2 kulas
    December 2, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    The PNP seeking to remove LGU power to appoint chiefs is also stupid idea. The manila hostage crisis proved that they are incapable of handling such incidents. 95% of PNP personnel are stupid and abusive. The right men to appoint as PNP chiefs should come from the military personnel.

    Some of our family members were PNP personnel. According to one of my relatives, most of them are protecting criminals, compared to politicians wherein corruption would come from protecting local businesses. The PNP is also a business itself.

    Can you imagine a thief being robbed? The PNP robs the thief, or sometimes gets percentage of what the thieves earn from what they robbed.

    In Mindanao, the PNP and the so-called CAFGU are the reasons why rebels continue to struggle for their cause. They conduct check-points and get items by force from farmers who wish to sell their crops or poultry products. I’ve met a couple of NPA commanders, and I do sympathize to some of their cause. The Philippine Military is not suppose to be their enemy.

    Another thing to point out, they don’t have procedures to follow in a crime scene. That’s how dumb the PNP is. There are a lot of incidences that the police station is just a walking distance away for crimes committed such as theft and robbery. Where is the police?

    The 5% of policemen in the PNP are doing their jobs. The rest are just sitting their asses in their chairs and police vehicles, staying in air-conditioned places waiting for nothing. They’re cowards without their guns, and cowards when alone without their guns as well.

    One victim once said, “I thought the PNP would protect the civilians, but I thought wrong. They’re protecting their pockets. They are abusive of their powers with their puny brains.”

  3. 3 kulas
    December 2, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    @maricel acuña – Your relatives come from a military background, the older generations. I know them well enough because of their principles that government service people should prioritize the welfare of the people and persecute those who commit crime and injustice, and blacklist government officials who abuse their authority.

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