PURISIMA: SMEAR CAMPAIGN MEANT TO BLOCK REFORMS AT PNP
PNP Public Information Office Published on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 11:29
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Alan La Madrid Purisima told a Senate panel on Tuesday that he had become a target of an organized smear campaign to block the reforms he had put in place within the police force, particularly in fighting corruption in the processing of gun permits.
Appearing before the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs chaired by Sen. Grace Poe, Purisima said the syndicates operating within the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) of the PNP that were stripped of their “businesses” were going after his neck.
Prior to reforms he had instituted, Purisima said the FEO was a corruption-riddled office that allowed the proliferation of fake gun licenses and permit to carry firearms.
“Sa ating pagpapatupad ng mga reporma, madalas nating nakakabangga ang mga puspusang humahadlang sa pagbabago. Ang nais nila: Magpatuloy ang tiwaling sistema kung saan ang mismong proseso at patakaran ng kapulisan ay kanilang nagagamit upang pakapalin ang sariling bulsa,” the PNP chief said.
“Sa ating paghahangad na ayusin at itama ang sistema, may mga nawalan ng raket, kita at kabuhayan. Natural, gusto nila tayong siraan ngayon para maging business-as-usual ulit,” he added.
Because of the reforms, Purisima said, he was able to stop the issuance of fake identification cards and firearms licenses to security guards, as well as contracts that were not favorable to the government.
DONATIONS FOR PNP “WHITE HOUSE” ALL ACCOUNTED FOR
PNP Public Information Office Published on Friday, 26 September 2014 16:00
The PNP has clarified issues surrounding the Deed of Donation for materials and services used in the construction of the PNP “White House”.
“The construction project for the PNP ‘White House’ or the official residence of the Chief, PNP is above board. It is not a real property given to Police Director General Alan La Madrid Purisima, the incumbent PNP Chief, as a person but a tangible asset of the PNP that will be issued to future PNP Chiefs.” PNP Public Information Office Chief, PCSupt Reuben Theodore C. Sindac said.
Furthermore, the donors’ privacy and security issues had to be seriously considered, hence, their identity could not be immediately revealed.
As mentioned many times before, the White House was undertaken through a “design and build” project in line with the donors’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). It was borne out of the need to replace the old “White House” which was badly damaged by Typhoon Ondoy in 2009.
According to the flood assessment by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) dated February 27, 2013, due to the topographic conditions of the Compound and its surrounding roads, the rain always flow towards the North-Eastern Block of Camp Crame where the “White House” is located and happened to be the catch basin of EDSA and Col. Bonny Serrano Avenue that causes flood during times of heavy rain.
MAYOR IS NEW PNP SPOKESMAN AND PUBLICIST
PNP Public Information Office Published on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 08:48
Lawyer Police Senior Superintendent Wilben M Mayor, formally assumed position as Chief of the PNP Public Information Office (PIO) during simple ceremonies in Camp Crame on Monday.
Mayor will serve as full-time Spokesperson and publicist of the PNP. He replaced Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore C Sindac who was promoted to a command position as Director of the Logistics Support Service (LSS).
Before assuming the Chief PIO post, Mayor briefly served as Secretary of the Directorial Staff (SDS) and Spokesperson of the Office of the Chief PNP.
ON his first day in office, Mayor assured members of the PNP Press Corps of access to timely and accurate information involving the affairs of the PNP.
“Essentially, my responsibility is to ensure effective implementation of the PNP Media Relations Policy that basically involves upholding the right to information particularly on matters of public interest,” Mayor said.
He said he firmly believes that an atmosphere of productive partnership can exist between the PNP and media under a spirit of mutual support and cooperation.
I look forward to the opportunity of establishing cordial working relationship with members of the tri-media similar to the support and cooperation you extended to my predecessor, CSupt Reuben Theodore C Sindac,” he said.
PNP DETAILS EXPANDED FUNCTIONS OF “HONESTY” TEAMS
PNP Public Information Office Published on Thursday, 25 September 2014 14:25
The PNP has been conducting its own internal cleansing campaign among police personnel over the last eight (8) years, consistent with the PNP policy on transparency, public accountability, and anti-corruption campaign.
According to Police Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore C. Sindac, Chief of the PNP Public Information Office, “HONESTY TEAMS” were organized since 2006 purposely to conduct an intensive nationwide campaign against erring PNP personnel engaged in extortion or “kotong”, “hulidap”, mulcting, bribery, and other forms of illegal activities.
To complement operations of Honesty Teams, the PNP issued Letter of Instructions (LOI) “LINIS” on March 2009, providing implementing guidelines in dealing with PNP personnel who were reported to be engaged in any form of illegal activity. This is implemented to promote good behavior and utmost discipline within PNP ranks, eradicate misfits, scalawags and undesirables from the organization in accordance with the procedures laid down by existing laws, rules and regulations.
Upon instructions of the Chief PNP, Director General Alan La Madrid Purisima, the PNP Directorate for Intelligence issued a Memorandum on March 14, 2013 directing all Regional Directors to conduct lifestyle check on PNP personnel assigned with offices vulnerable to corruption from the Regional Headquarters down to Police Stations. To date, there are a number of PNP personnel, including star-ranked officers, who are undergoing lifestyle check validating that the said process is being practiced by PNP officials.