Cloud of intrigues under PNP's Purisima

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By Nef Luczon


Sunday, March 16, 2014

LAST week on a Monday, my column was about my apparent dismay to the Cagayan de Oro Police Office (Cocpo) especially in Police Station 2 in Cogon because of a thievery (snatching) incident that happened before my eyes in broad daylight and in just less than a hundred meters away from the police precinct.

I thought I can sleep better after I aired out my sentiments and suggestion for Cocpo to be more vigilant about this, even if thieveries or snatching incidents are passed on from one commander to the other for years, but it also appears that the Philippine National Police in general is experiencing a looming crisis with respect to its current chief, PNP Director General Alan Purisima.

To be fair with Purisima, there were no bigger issues that implicated him seriously since he took office in December 2012, until recently when he ordered satellite offices in the regions responsible for processing and issuing licenses for firearms be closed and instead centralize it in Camp Crame and the "promotion" of Task


Force Tugis head Sr. Superintendent Conrad Capa.

In the Philippines, licensing firearms are optional, even though there are laws implemented for its regulation and use, but despite these laws there are still quite a number of unlicensed firearms circulating and owned by a number of Filipinos and usually it is used in most heinous and warfare.

With the growing number of population and firearms ownership, satellite offices are necessary to cater those law-abiding citizens who wish their firearms registered with ease, but because of the new policy to centralize it, people in far flung areas especially in Visayas and Mindanao will spend more money in going to Camp Crame to get their firearms licensed.

Because of this dilemma, other gun owners might rather not register their firearms, and adding more intrigue induced by the current PNP administration is allowing this multimillion-peso agreement it entered into with a start-up courier service to deliver firearm licenses nationwide. The courier's name is "Werfast."

To think of it simply, it might turn out this way: satellite offices were closed in order to give "Werfast" means to earn, in the guise of "implementing stricter gun control measures."

And then there's the "promotion" of Capa after heading the apprehension of one of the country's most wanted Delfin Lee. In previous news stories, Capa appears to be not delighted by the news that he had to be transferred to Cebu when he can be promoted without leaving camp crame. And the question of the many was: why would someone immediately transfer a police official who has done a good job in hunting the Philippines' most wanted suspects? It's a slimy and stinky puzzle.

Capa might be a good role model in restoring the good public image of the police force, but whatever reasons, only the PNP knows as sometimes they are bound with confidentiality of their decisions, and people only observe and analyze what they have seen in the outside.

Although the case of Cocpo's performance in relation to Purisima's leadership may not be directly related, but it also concerns the topmost post in the police hierarchy where questionable things are happening around. Surely, it can create a general notion that everybody in the police force, especially the officers, are sucking up again big time.

Lastly, Purisima is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy class of 1981, he must have known and followed their "Honor Code" by now on not to steal and cheat, because this is the reason why Cadet First Class Aldrin Cudia failed to graduate with the Siklab Diwa Class.

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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 17, 2014.


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