By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Officials of Philippine National Police (PNP) should be able to solve the series of killings in the country or else prove that they are a wrong choice to lead the police ranks.
Senator Aquilino Pimentel III on Monday posed the challenge as he reiterated that the PNP, particularly its chief, Director-General Oscar Albayalde, must address the spate of killings which now involve local government officials.
“This is a police matter. Siguro nagkakamali tayo sa pagpili sa police leadership or siguro magpakitang gilas itong bagong PNP chief (We might have made wrong decisions in choosing our police leadership, or the new PNP chief should show his capabilities),” Pimentel said, referring to Albayalde.
While he did not directly respond when asked if he is satifisfied with the PNP’s performance, Pimentel said police should be insulted with the spate of killings.
“Yang mga left and right killings ang iniinsulto niyan actually ang kapulisan natin eh, ang mga law enforcement agencies natin eh. Ibig nilang sabihin walang takot sa kapulisan, walang takot sa law enforcement agencies na maso-solve nila itong killings na ito (These left and right killings insult actually our police. This means that criminals have no fear that police and law enforcement agencies will solve these killings),” he said.
Pimentel urged anew to PNP strengthen police visibility measures as well as “the desire to solve crimes.”
He also stressed that those responsible for the killings should be convicted.
“And then i-anunsyo sa taongbayan itong conviction ng mga kriminal para ‘yong deterrent effect ng criminal laws magkaroon po ng kahalagahan. Maramdaman ng taongbayan na nae-enforce ang ating batas (Then announce the conviction to the public so that there will be a deterrent effect. The public will then feel that our laws are enforced),” Pimentel said.
Pimentel proposed that police should crack down unlicensed guns and regulate the number of licensed firearms. Illegal firearms should be disposed of Customs style, he added.
“There are too many guns available, licensed [and] unlicensed. So, maybe a good program for the PNP leadership is a crackdown on unlicensed firearms and then [just like how] smuggled high-end cars are destroyed, confiscated guns should also be destroyed to avoid preserving and recycling,” he said.