SOMETIME last May, I wrote about the plight of 15 policemen being given a raw deal by no less than their superiors at the PNP Regional Command. If you want an update, take it from no less than Mayor Jesse Robredo, who has joined the blogosphere and whose latest entry should be a required reading for new PNP chief Avelino Razon.
The choice cuts, to my mind:
This is what is happening given the kind of leadership that we now have at PNP - Bicol Region. This should be a test for the new PNP Chief Avelino Razon, Jr. Can he insulate the police organization from the unnecessary interference of politicians? I recall asking some senior police officers why the the police leadership do not stand their ground and protect their fellow officers in uniform. The timid answer was they can not count on their superiors when the going gets tough. The previous unsuccesful attempt to relieve and the recent relief of the fourteen (14) police officers from Naga City demonstrated that the PNP leadership is incapable of putting the interest of its men and the people they are serving, when pressured by influential politicians.This should make my boss probably the only local chief executive-slash-blogger in the Philippines. Which makes Oddball -- the title of his weblog -- most appropriate.
Who is then undermining the efforts to maintain peace and order in Naga City? The buck stops at the door of the PNP leadership in Camp Crame. In time, the community will realize that the police organization has failed them and rightfully put the blame on where it should be. I hope it will not take a serious incident to happen before the PNP comes to its senses.