By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said the Philippine National Police (PNP) should consider foreign assistance to train and improve their ranks in solving crimes.
Pimentel said this Tuesday as he called on “friendly” nations to offer training courses to the PNP to help improve its competence, specifically their crime-solving skills.
In particular, the senator said he is interested in tapping countries with highly-regarded police forces, such as the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, and other members of the European Union.
Pimentel urged anew the government to adopt a “Visiting Forces Agreement-style” to help train the PNP.
“The country continues to suffer from ‘deaths under investigation’ without seeing suspects arrested, charged, and sentenced in court. If the PNP cannot improve itself, it should consider outside assistance”, Pimentel said in a statement.
“Maybe we can bring in experts from truly professional police forces such as the Scotland Yard or the FBI to teach our policemen the basics of police work, respect for human rights, and how to obey the law,” he added.
The Senate chief, who pushed for the passage of the measure authorizing the increased the base pay of military, police, and uniformed personnel, earlier called out the PNP for its inability to solve crimes and the involvement of its members in perpetrating crimes.
“We increased the salaries of policemen. We approved funds for training police officers. We made sure the PNP budget is sufficient. We want to see the PNP deliver on its end of the bargain. Make us feel safe. Catch criminals. Solve crime,” Pimentel told the police.
He added he is “determined that the Filipino people get their money’s worth in the form of improved service from the police.”
Pimentel said the PNP’s performance compromises the administration’s war on drugs and crime.