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PBBM lauds PNP’s efforts vs crimes, disasters

June 11, 2024 Alfred P. Dalizon 102 views

PNPTHE major anti-crime gains and disaster preparedness of the Philippine National Police (PNP) headed by General Rommel Francisco D. Marbil has caught the attention of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr.

The Commander-in-Chief commended the PNP for significantly reducing the country’s crime volume from July 2022 to May 2024.

The President presided over a PNP command conference at Camp Crame with Executive Secretary Lucas P. Bersamin, Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Benjamin C. Abalos Jr. and Presidential Adviser on Police and Military Affairs Sec. Roman B. Felix.

In his talk to his men, President Marcos called on Gen. Marbil and his other generals to focus on key areas for continued focus and improvement.

President Marcos also emphasized the importance of enhancing the PNP’s capabilities in combating cybercrime, acknowledging the increasing threat posed by digital crimes.

On the issue of illegal drugs, he praised the PNP’s performance in the first five months of 2024, particularly in addressing illegal drug activities even as he urged the PNP to focus on apprehending major suppliers and high-profile drug personalities.

Regarding disaster preparedness, the President called for additional training for PNP personnel to improve their preparedness and response to disasters to ensure the safety of the public.

He also stressed the importance of gathering intelligence to prevent criminal activities and highlighted the need for a comprehensive approach to address illegal gambling.

The Commander-in-Chief also proposed the establishment of a legal department within the PNP to provide legal assistance and representation for police personnel, ensuring that they have the necessary support in legal matters.

He also said that the rightsizing of PNP personnel will help avoid redundant duties and responsibilities. He said the PNP’s ‘rightsizing plans’ will really maximize police force and enhance police visibility nationwide.

The President also underscored the importance of thorough security preparations for Independence Day on June 12 to ensure safe and orderly celebrations.

Furthermore, he instructed the PNP to intensify intelligence monitoring ahead of his State of the Nation Address (SONA) next month, advising vigilance and patience to prevent disruptions.

Overall, President Marcos Jr. expressed satisfaction with the steadily improving performance of the PNP and assured continued support under his leadership.

According to PNP spokesperson, Colonel Jean S. Fajardo, the police force is dedicated to maintaining peace and order.

Gen. Marbil earlier assured their readiness to respond to any disaster that may hit the country with the start of the rainy season.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa lahat ng mga pulis natin na tumulong sa gitna ng bagyong Aghon. When I saw the pictures, talagang hirap na hirap po ang mga tao.

Pero dahil sa mga pulis natin, at least kahit papano, ang laki po ng tulong,” he said.

Gen. Marbil also expressed confidence in the quality of disaster equipment they currently have to respond to any given situation.

He particularly cited high-tech equipment that can hear the heartbeat of people buried 20 meters under and said they would really play a major role in looking for people trapped under the rubbles of collapsed buildings in case of an earthquake.