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PNP.GOV.PH: Philippine National Police

Valedictory Speech of the Chief, PNP POLICE DIRECTOR GENERAL RICARDO C MARQUEZ

June 28, 2016

 

Introduction

On July 16 last year I stood before you to accept the greatest honor and the biggest challenge of my career, that is, to lead the Philippine National Police. I remember saying then that becoming Chief of the PNP, just like becoming the President of this country, was a matter of destiny, for what else could it be? I was the son of a poor farmer from the small town of Maragondon in Cavite, a product of our public school system, a virtual unknown whose only credentials were an honorable track record and a good heart for genuine public service.  

Majority of my predecessors had close personal ties with the Presidents who chose them. I did not have that privilege. Before my appointment the President did not know me personally. 

Some people in my situation would have considered this as a serious disadvantage. On the contrary, I saw it as a blessing, a source of inspiration and motivation. My relationship with the President would be a classic tabula rasa, a blank slate upon which both of us could write many good things.    

Mr. President, I am grateful that you gave me the opportunity to head the PNP. I treasured your trust and confidence in me as a precious gift. And in the past eleven months and two weeks, I opened that gift every morning with one wish: that under my leadership, the PNP would exceed your expectations.

 

Our Journey 

Nguni’t hindi po naging madaling pamunuan ang ating kapulisan sa gitna ng pagdadalamhati at agam-agam. We had just lost so many valiant young officers in Mamasapano; we were embroiled in yet another crisis of confidence. Sa ganoong pagkakataon, mahalaga pong muling pukawin ang pag-asa at pananalig ng puso ng bawa’t isa. Araw-araw, pinadama ko sa ating hanay na kaya nating tuparin ang ating sinumpaang tungkuling paglingkuran at pangalagaan ang kaligtasan ng sambayanang Pilipino. Araw-araw, pinaalala ko sa ating kapulisan na kaya nating ibalik ang tiwala ng taong-bayan, basta’t muli tayong magtitiwala sa ating mga sarili at magkaisa sa ating adhikain.

Beyond statistics that this tour of duty report contains, Mr. President, lies the story of 170,000 men and women of the Philippine National Police who heeded my call. It chronicles our journey as a family, a journey that showcased our will to overcome obstacles, our dedication to duty despite the odds, our trials and triumphs, our love for God, country and people.

Since I knew that my time as Chief was limited, I took every opportunity to visit our provincial offices and police stations in the farthest corners of our archipelago, from Batanes to Tawi-Tawi. These trips allowed me to interact with our frontline police personnel, gain valuable insights in the realities on the ground, and take actions to address their problems and their needs. 

Masaya po ang ating mga tauhan sa tuwing ako ay darating, at sinasamantala nila ang pagkakataong magpa-selfie at group picture kasama ko. Ang buong akala ko noong una, ito ay dahil nagagwapuhan sila sa akin. Ang katotohanan pala, mahigit nang dalawampung taon nang hindi nakakakita ng Chief PNP in person ang ating kapulisan sa Batanes, Tawi-Tawi, Maguindanao at iba pang lalawigan.

Habang pinapakinggan ko ang kanilang mga accomplishment, ang kanilang mga kahilingan at hinaing, naramdaman ko ang kurot sa puso ng isang padre de familia na kaharap ang kanyang mga anak. Sa kabila ng kakulangan sa pondo at gamit, masigasig silang nagpapatuloy sa kanilang gawain na humahanap ng paraan upang matugunan ang pangangailangan. Nagpapatrulya sa pamayanan, nakikipag-ugnayan sa komunidad, pinapatupad ang batas, dinadakip ang mga kriminal, tumutulong sa mga lokal na pamahalaan, sumasaklolo sa mga nasalanta ng kalamidad, at lumalaban sa mga nagnanais na pabagsakin ang ating pamahalaan.

Saludo po ako sa sipag at katapatang ipinapamalas nila.

 

Our Record and Legacy

So today, Mr. President, as I end my tour of duty as the 20th Chief of the Philippine National Police, permit me to briefly present to you what we have achieved during my term. I believe I have been able to deliver more than what I promised, simply because everyone kept faith with me, from the highest officer in our headquarters to the last beat patroller in Basco or Simunul.

 

Crime Prevention and Crime-Fighting Operations

We adopted B2B:PNP or Back to Basics: Patrulya ng Pamayanan as the backbone of policing and made Oplan Lambat-Sibat the fulcrum of our crime prevention and crime-fighting operations.

To support the personnel requirements for patrolling and increased police presence, I directed all PROs to create and activate Patrol Operations Sections in all Units and City Police Offices nationwide. Beginning in January 2016, we have downloaded more than 25,000 personnel with the rank of PO1 and Police Inspector from PROs and NHQ offices. This means more than 25, 000 personnel are on our streets waging war against crime.

By October last year, the manual on Managing Police Operations @Lambat-Sibat was cascaded to all regions and provinces, and as of April 2016, Lambat-Sibat was already launched in 10 other regions after it was successfully piloted in NCRPO, PRO 3 and PRO 4A. 

Lambat’s crime prevention strategy focuses on mobile and beat patrols, Oplan Bakal and Oplan Sita for loose firearms, and the serving of warrants. Sibat’s intelligence-driven police operations and dedicated tracker teams aim to arrest identified Most Wanted Persons, repeat offenders and members of organized criminal groups. 

Mr. President, I am pleased to report that as a result of these interventions in Metro Manila, crimes against property such as robbery, theft, carnapping and motornapping went down by an impressive 81 percent from a weekly average of 1,012 in June of 2014 to just around 200 in recent weeks. The weekly averages of crimes against persons also decreased significantly for the same period: homicide declined from 13 to only two 2, physical injury dwindled from169 to 70, and murder, which is more difficult to prevent because of element of premeditation, dropped from 35 to 20.

These crime figures have been validated by crime auditors from higher headquarters who have been fielded to the police stations to check if the records on their police blotters tally with the crime figures they report every month to the national headquarters and the police regional offices.

At the national level, overall crime volume went down by 10%, while the volume of Index Crime particularly murder, homicide, robbery, theft, motornapping and carnapping or the so-called “7 focused crime” being addressed by Lambat-Sibat declined by 27% during the same period. 

From July 2015 to February of this year, the implementation of Lambat-Sibat in NCRPO, Police Regional Office 3 and 4A led to the arrest of the combined total of 1,161 most wanted persons, 246 criminal gang members. And in a span of 10 weeks from February 29 to May 8 of this year another 1,740 most wanted persons and 92 criminal gang members were arrested nationwide.

The intelligent use of Lambat-Sibat and data analysis from our next generation investigative systems gave rise to a smart policing strategy – the One-Time Big-Time or OTBT operations, wherein the PNP deployed a minimum of 100 personnel to one target problem area to serve at least 10 search warrants or conduct other police interventions. 

Mr. President, for the first time in our law enforcement in policing history, we served 124 search warrant in one day in Nueva Ecija. An unprecedented 480 search warrants were served in 2 days by different police units in PRO 4A. OTBTs such as these result in the arrest of numerous suspects and the confiscation of more loose firearms but it demonstrates how serious our campaign against criminality are.

Mabisa po ang ganitong strategy, lalo na sa ating kampanya kontra droga. Sa usaping ito, wala pong katotohanan ang sinasabing ngayon lang biglang sumigla ang laban ng kapulisan laban sa droga. If you would remember in my inaugural address last year I said we will go down, we will bring our campaign against illegal drugs at the community level.  We have never wavered in our campaign against illegal drugs. In fact, we have activated the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group to support the efforts of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

And from January to mid of June this year, we have already accounted more than 18,000 illegal drug personalities and confiscated more than 680,000 grams of shabu.

Kahit kailan ay hindi po kami nangiming ipagtanggol ang ating bansa, lalo na ang ating mga kabataan, laban sa mga drug dealers at pushers. Given the profitability of the illegal drug trade, we expected resistance from those involved in their manufacture, distribution and sale. Alam naming may kakayahan din silang protektahan ang kanilang mga interes. So from January to June of this year, isang daan walumpu’t tatlo (183) na po ang napatay sa mga armadong sagupaan ng ating kapulisan laban sa mga clandestine laboratory workers, drug dealers, pushers and users. Inuulit ko po: 183 fatalities so far from armed encounters.   

Upang maipagpatuloy ng ating kapulisan ang maigting na pagpapatupad ng police operations sa buong bansa, nakatakda po ngayong taon ang pagpapatayo ng dalawandaan at pitumpu’t siyam (279) na Standard Police Station Buildings. Funds for the 224 of these Police Stations have already been obligated as of May of this year.

Mr. President, I am pleased to report that I made good on my promise to bring licensing and registration services closer to the door step of legitimate gun holders by activating Regional Civil Security Units. Likewise, construction of the CSG One-Stop Shop Building, which cost around Php73-Million, began last March. It will be finished at the end of the year while another Php21-Million was released for the construction of Regional Civil Security Unit (RCSU) offices in 8 regions, and the revised implementing rules and regulations for RA 10591, the new manual of operations in manning one-stop shop and training courses for RCSU personnel have been finalized and being executed.  

 

Major Events Security

We achieved all of these breakthroughs in crime prevention and crime-fighting operations even while we were busy preparing to secure a series of major events in our country. We began with the President’s State of the Nation Address in July 2015, then moved on to the 44 Asia-Pacific Economic meetings in nine different venues around the country, the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Metro Manila in November 2015, the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu in January 2016, and of course the National and Local Elections last month. 

I want to thank you, Mr. President, for giving me the opportunity to serve the Filipino people in a very special capacity. I was the Director for Operations when I was assigned as Commander of the Joint Task Force Papal Visit 2015. As any police officer trained in VIP security will tell you, our ultimate nightmare is a VVIP who wants to mingle with the crowd and shake hands with complete strangers. However, here was a Pope who did not want a bullet-proof vehicle, who loved to wade through the crowds, who blessed people with his hands, who randomly hugged children, and who firmly believed that he did not need us because the Holy Spirit was his best protection. I said if anything happens to the Pope, we will all go to hell.

It was indeed a challenge, but we pulled it off with a zero incident as you have directed Mr. President. I was blessed by that experience, though I had no inkling that it was just my dry run for leading another joint task force and that as Commander of the APEC Security Task Force. In APEC we deployed a total of 6,445 officers and personnel who once again achieved a goal of zero untoward incident. 

We once again achieved our goal of zero untoward incident, especially during the Economic Leaders’ Meeting, with you as host, Mr. President, to President Barack Obama and 19 other Heads of State. We would recall that a week before that, Paris was under siege when 8 bombs were simultaneously detonated by the IS in the heart of France.

For the last time under my watch, the PNP proved its mettle in ensuring secure and fair national and local elections last May. By adopting stringent protocols on major events security, increasing police presence, and intensifying operation against lawless elements and private armed groups, we succeeded in safeguarding the sanctity of the ballot as you have instructed Mr. President.

We arrested more than 5,000 persons who violated the gun ban, and confiscated close to 4,000 firearms, more than 42,000 deadly weapons and almost 40,000 rounds of ammunition.

We documented all the lessons we learned in these events for future reference. The PNP’s Major Events Security Planning Manual was field-tested during the 2015 APEC Meetings. This guide will be useful when the PNP is called again to secure the Philippine hosting of ASEAN 50th Anniversary in 2017, as the [email protected] will begin holding more than 100 meetings this year.

 

Meritocracy

Mr. President, as I promised, our system of meritocracy was a double-edged sword. We raised the bar for performance and accountability so that excellence was rewarded and mediocrity received its just desserts.

Beginning in 2015, we stepped up our campaign against rogue PNP personnel. Gaya nang ipinangako ko, may kinalagyan ang marami sa kanila. We arrested 42 of them, charged 90 with administrative cases and another 63 with criminal cases. After a thorough review of our existing policies, a Memorandum Circular on the PNP’s Comprehensive Internal Disciplinary Mechanism was being aligned on the new procedure being adopted by NAPOLCOM.

In December 2015, I approved the recommendation of the Technical Working Group for Meritocracy to establish an Assessment and Development Center for competency-based placement and promotion system for third-level Police Commissioned Officers. In short and simple language Mr. President, if an officer applying for position for third level, for Senior Superintendent who will not be able to pass the assessment center he can never be designated to that position that will merit a subsequent promotion later on. 

 

While this system is still in the pipeline, we used our existing system to promote 180 senior PCOs to the next higher rank. We also authorized the mass promotion of 12,698 PNCOs.

Kung naaalala pa ng ating mga kapatid mula sa PNP Academy at iba pang paaralan, sinabi kong makakaasa kayo ng patas na pagturing sa usapin ng promotion at placement. Since August 2015, we have placed 105 non-PMA graduates in key positions at various levels of the PNP.

Pinangarap ko ring dumating ang panahon na hindi na natin kailangang mag-submit ng isang dosenang folder ng ating mga personal data sheet, service record at iba pang dokumento tuwing tayo ay mag-a-apply for promotion. Sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon sa kasaysayan ng PNP, magkakaroon na ng Administrative Information Management System o AIMS, ang ating master database. Kung maaalala niyo po last February tinanong niyo po sa akin kung alam na ba natin ang tunay na bilang ng iyong kapulisan, wala bang ghost employee sa PNP. This system Mr. President will ensure that each and everyone body in this organization is duly and properly accounted for.

I approved this project and the SILG intern approved it worth Php56.0 M, so that 5 mission-critical information systems can be integrated for personnel administration, personnel clearance, payroll, logistics management, and pension. AIMS will also cover 31 other related information systems, including Police Station Profile, Training Information System, Inspectorate Office Monitoring System, and the Automated Promotion System. 

Mr. President, we cannot thank you enough for your strong support to the capability enhancement program of the national police force. Apart from the one PNP personnel to one short firearm ratio and the delivery of our mobility assets to all police units nationwide consisting of patrol jeeps, light transport vehicles, heavy duty trucks. The following big ticket items are now being procured by the procurement service of the Department of Budget and Management.

More than 27,000 of units of our basic assault rifle, again Mr. President, for the first time in our history we’re going to procure brand new basic assault rifle more than sufficient to arm our public safety forces. The firearms identification system for deployment in Mindanao, the Php830 Million communications system project that will ensure the availability of handheld radios for our patrollers in all police stations nationwide, and of course Mr. President, the Php2.7 Billion Capability Enhancement Project for the Special Action Force.

Our crime solution function is also being address with some special focus. With the introduction of the new generation investigating system consisting of the following: Crime Information Reporting and Analysis System, the Case Management and Analysis System, the CIDMS or the Investigator’s Notebook, the E-Subpoena, the E-Warrant, E-Rouge’s Gallery, the Bantay Krimen App and the Facial Recognition System. Our study team is the FBI Mr. President, the FBI were surprised at the phase of the development of our investigative system. Our teams were asked to present our project five times so the FBI will have a better handle of how we are proceeding with our investigative system. They were amazed because they were here last year, and from zero the development of our investigative system has surpassed the system being adopted by the FBI.

The introduction of NGIs improved our crime solution efficiency of the Philippine National Police by so much. From 36% six years ago, to 50.68% last year and 54.48% during the first semester of this year. With all the enormous data which can be generated by the system, the PNP will pursue the implementation of the National Police Clearance System. The NAPOLCOM has already approved its implementation.

 

One Good Deed a Day

Taliwas po sa karaniwang pagkakilala ng ating mga kaibigan sa media, mas nakararami po ang kapulisang may likas na hangaring gumawa ng kabutihan para sa ating mamamayan. Kaya hindi na ako nagtaka nang naglabasan ang mga kwentong galing mismo sa ating mga kababayan. It was uplifting to learn that many PNP officers and personnel lived their lives doing one good deed a day, every day without fail. 

The Tabaco City Police Office exemplifies this in the story of a teenager named John Paul Torrefranca, a notorious repeat offender who was the subject of so many complaints. Instead of using the full force of the law, our officers and personnel used the full force of compassion and pooled their resources to send him to school.

Last March 31, he graduated from the San Carlos Elementary School with a “Most Dependable Student” award. John Paul also received a scholarship from the Tabaco National High School, and says he wants to be a police officer someday. This one good deed that has completely changed a young man’s life.

Mr. President, nagiging viral po sa social media ang mga larawan, video at first person encounters ng taumbayan sa ating mga kapulisan. Nakakataba po ng puso ang pino-post ng netizens na nagpapakita ng kanilang paghanga sa ating kapulisang tumutulong sa mga senior citizen na tumawid sa kalsada, o nagbibigay ng pagkain sa isang batang lansangan, o masigasig na lumalahok sa Brigada Eskwela para malinisan ng pampublikong paaralan.

Noong kasagsagan ng ating APEC security operations, may pulis din tayong nagmagandang-loob na gamitin ang kanyang personal na motorsiklo upang ihatid sa NAIA ang isang pastor na walang masakyan. Marami rin sa atin ang namangha sa kakayahan ng dalawang pulis na nagpaanak sa isang ginang na hindi na umabot sa ospital. At tayo’y nagbunyi sa katapatan sa serbisyo ng mga pulis na off-duty nguni’t patuloy na rumeresponde pa rin sa mga insidente ng hold-up at iba pang mga krimen. 

 

Passing the Baton

On July 1, a new Chief will assume office. Police Chief Superintendent Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, I believe you also have a destiny to fulfill. Heaven has ordained you for greater things as well.

Malayo na ang narating mo, ang tinaguriang mascot ng Alpha Company. Noong mga panahong tumatakbo-takbo ka sa Borromeo Field, siguro hindi pumasok sa isip mo na darating ang araw na ikaw ay magiging Chief, PNP. Tatlong tulog na lang, padre de familia ka na ng buong PNP. As such, you will be faced in making tough decisions, and I am confident you will do what is right.  

I hope that you will have a better chance of finally getting Congress to pass into law our proposals for the PNP Reorganization and Modernization Act.

With an annual recruitment quota of 10,000 new police officers, the PNP will have an estimated total strength of more than 190,000 by the end of this year and 210,000 by the end of 2018. You will need a more responsive organizational structure, a comprehensive modernization program to properly manage a police force of that size, plus full control over the training institutions that are presently under the Philippine Public Safety College.    

 

Concluding Remarks

The past eleven months and two weeks were the culmination of a most fulfilling career, thanks to so many special people who supported me and made my journey so much easier. I know that these words will never be enough to express my gratitude to all of you, but permit me to say them just the same. 

To His Excellency, President Benigno S Aquino III, thank you very much for your trust and confidence. It was a great honor working for you. The 2015 APEC Economic Leaders Meeting was a defining moment in our history, and the lavish praise we received for hosting it was worth all those sleepless nights.  

To Secretary Mel Sarmiento, thank you for your guidance and support. You listened patiently to our reports and provided valuable advice to help us resolve the issues that we confronted. You provided us the necessary advice and support to make sure that systems and procedures are approved and take roots in this organization.

To my one and only wife, Luz, and our three daughters, Maria Gwendolyn, Fae Andrea and Lou Erika, thank you for your patience and unconditional love. I look forward to retirement and a long vacation with you. It’s time for me to come home for good.

To the officers and staff of the Office of the Chief PNP, headed by our Senior Executive Assistant, PSSupt Bernie Banac, thank you for efficiently managing my daily activities. My term as Chief was a fast and furious rollercoaster ride, but I am pleased that despite the grueling pace, you all exhibited grace under pressure. It was my first time to work with you, and I appreciate the professionalism you showed along the way.  

To my Mistahs from the Philippine Military Academy Sandigan Class of 1982, thank you for always being there for me. Thank you for believing in my vision for the Philippine National Police and for selflessly contributing your time and talent to help me. Monday morning breakfast with you is a tradition we should continue. 

To our partners, the heads of other government agencies which helped us perform our jobs better, thank you for believing in the power of the “whole of government” approach concept.

To the Filipino people, maraming salamat po sa inyong pagtitiwala. Sa maikling panahon ng aking panunungkulan bilang Chief, PNP, nawa’y naipadama namin sa inyo ang katapatan ng aming hangaring kayo’y tunay na mapaglingkuran.  

To the men and women of the Philippine National Police, maraming maraming salamat sa pakikiisa ninyo sa adhikain kong mabago ang ating public image at corporate culture. Thank you for doing your jobs well. If I, as your Chief, took this organization further and higher than others, know that I did it by standing on your collective shoulders. Ang lahat ng accomplishment na ipinagmamalaki natin ngayong araw na ito ay nagmula lahat sa inyo. 

I simply provided the leadership; it was you who made things happen. My tour of duty report is actually a celebration of our indomitable spirit as an organization. Sana, ipagpatuloy ninyo ang ating nasimulan, lalo na ang “one good deed a day, every day”, sa ilalim ng bagong pamunuan. 

I am truly eternally greatful for the Great Architect of the Universe for all the blessings I have received – family, friends, classmates, colleagues, superiors and subordinates who walked with me on this journey.

Nagtatanong nga si Mrs. Marquez kung bakit palagi kong sinasabing siya ang aking “my one and only”. She is my greatest blessing, the one and only woman who accepted me for what I was, who saw in me the potential that I did not see in myself, who believed in me when I doubted my own abilities, who pulled double duty as mother and father to our daughters when my career took me away from home.

Finally, I recognize that time and tide wait for no man, and as the Book of Ecclesiastes so eloquently says: “For everything there is a reason, and a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die, a time to weep and a time to laugh,” and, may I add, a time to stay and a time to say goodbye. 

I bid you farewell.  I am confident that I leave the PNP far better than what it was when I assumed office.

Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat at mabuhay tayong lahat.

 
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