I’M referring to the PNP Counter-Intelligence Task Force, a small police unit headed by Senior Superintendent Romeo ‘Bong’ Caramat, a tough member of PMA Class 1992, which needs all the support it can get from the entire force and the public in its herculean task to identify and account for rogues in uniform and others in government.
Latest I heard is that some rogue policemen have been taking note of the motor vehicles being used by the PNP-CITF so that once they spot these vehicles in their areas, they will warn their other colleagues thru radio or cell phone calls/text messages of the presence of a possible CITF operation. In short, rogue police ‘spotters’ are out there in the streets to warn of any CITF presence.
Right now, I think there is a need for the PNP-CITF to be adequately supported, complete with communications, firepower and mobility equipment they need each time they move to arrest a rogue law enforcer or a public servant. The public must also learn to trust the PNP-CITF by reporting to the unit 24/7. How I wish that the unit could be transformed into an agency similar to the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force or PAOCTF of former PNP chief-turned Senator Ping Lacson which was really feared by mistfits and scalawags and criminals in its heyday.
I’m saying this knowing that while the entire PNP headed by Gen. Oscar Albayalde is busy going after police scalawags who are directly or indirectly involved in illegal drug trafficking and abuse and are taking advantage of the ongoing war on drugs to amass wealth, it’s a fact that there are still some police personnel out there who are making a living in some other way, albeit illegally.
In Camp Crame alone, there is no question about the many reforms made by officers assigned to head revenue-generating PNP units such as the Firearms and Explosives Office, the Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies and the Motor Vehicle Clearance Office of the Highway Patrol Group.
Add to them the police units already issuing police clearances which is a requirement for job application, travel abroad or firearms’ registration. I would say that officials of these uits have laid out vaunted ‘transformation programs’ which are being put to naught or may be eclipsed in just a second by a few scalawags in their offices.
At the PNP-SOSIA alone, all reforms already instituted by the previous and present leadership may be erased easily by complaints that some erring security agencies can easily get their application papers approved in exchange for you know what.
I heard that the PNP-SOSIA has been very strict when it comes to issuing License to Operate to security agencies that are notorious for labor law violations and for violating different SOSIA rules and regulations as well as when it comes to issuing security guards’ licenses.
However, there have been complaints that nowadays, erring private security agencies and security guards can get their LTO and licenses easily even without showing up or producing necessary requirements by merely paying up.
I was told that PNP-SOSIA director, Chief Superintendent Noli Romana and PNP Civil Security Group head, Director Rey Biay, both classmates from PMA ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 of Gen. Albayalde have been told to address the complaint immediately.
Both the PNP-FEO headed by Chief Supt. Val de Leon and the HPG-MVCO have not been spared from similar charges in the past particularly the large presence of ‘fixers’ acting in cahoots with some personnel in those two units to ask money from willing applicants as well as questioned revenues. However, the activation of the PNP One-Stop Shop at Camp Crame may have solved the age-old problem at the FEO.
For his part, PNP-HPG director, Chief Supt. Bong Fajardo has not been remiss in warning his men to stay away from illegal activities or find themselves in deep trouble, meaning, they will be facing criminal and administrative charges that may lead to their dismissal from the service.
Gen. Albayalde, now back in the country after an official trip to the U.S. where he attended an FBI-sponsored counter-terrorism program is known for his no-nonsense campaign against illegal drugs, criminality and most of all, corruption. The top cop who did not hesitate to order the relief of three of his mistahs in the past for various reasons also ordered the administrative relief of Eastern Police District director, Chief Supt. Joel Balba of PMA Class 1988 last March 6 after members of the EPD Drug Enforcement Unit were found to be involved in a ‘hulidap’ activity.
As I have previously said, the Duterte government’s war on drugs can’t be won as long as there are rogues in uniform, specifically policemen who are directly or indirectly involved in illegal drug trafficking and abuse and other illicit activities to earn money by taking advantage of the bloody crackdown. This is the same with police personnel who are likewise involved in other irregularities in order to get easy money.
These scalawags are the ones who are sabotaging the PNP campaign and adding up to wrong public perception that police can’t be trusted upon although the truth is that majority of the force remain to be honest. The presence of hoodlums in uniform came into fore anew two weeks ago when NCRPO chief, Director Gilor Eleazar said he won’t apologize to Police Officer 2 Mario Quibete, the rogue anti-narcotics agent of the EPD whom he berated in a nationally-televised confrontation.
Eleazar has an explanation to this: Greed. Easy money para sa easy life - yan lang ang mga naiisip kong dahilan kung bakit nagloloko pa ang ilan ilan na lang mga pulis sa hanay namin. The President has even given us a substantial wage increase, so there should not be any cases like these robbery extortion cases anymore. Isa pa, siguro tingin nila, hindi ko sila abot yan ang malaking pagkakamali nila.”