How DILG, PNP plan to battle rising crime

by Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 18 2014 09:05 PM | Updated as of Jun 19 2014 07:29 AM

MANILA - Without admitting operational lapses in the Philippine National Police (PNP), Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and PNP Director-General Alan Purisima on Wednesday presented to the media 3 new strategies that they believe will be effective in arresting criminality in the Philippines.
The first strategy aims to raising police visibility by increasing the number of checkpoints.

Roxas said under "Operation Checkpoint," current 38 checkpoints will be doubled to 76 by next week, and tripled to 114 the week after.
The second strategy is on the investigation aspect of law enforcement.

The PNP will create a major crimes unit, wherein one unit will be devoted to the investigation of one major crime (starting with cases of murder and homicide) in hopes of expediting its resolution.

The major crimes unit will be given proper funding from the intelligence funds of the PNP and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Aside from this, the PNP will launch "Operation Lambat" -- an initiative that originated from the Quezon City Police District -- that aims to decrease incidents of crimes committed via motorcycles.

Under the campaign, police will scour the streets of all barangays under their jurisdiction and inspect the papers of all motorcycles.

Those without either licenses or registrations will be logged and processed at Camp Karingal. Quezon police head Chief Supt. Richard Albano said the process significantly decreased the number of crimes committed through motorcycles.

This will complement "Operation Katok," wherein the PNP goes house-to-house to verify information attached to licensed guns.
These strategies are a result of a 4-hour, closed-door command conference held by Roxas, Purisima, and high-ranking PNP officials.

Roxas said the command conference was not ordered by President Aquino, but he confirmed that the Chief Executive did call him to ask about the recent spate of killings -- particularly the murders of Urbiztondo Mayor Ernesto Balonglong, Jr., race car driver Enzo Pastor, and Crown Regency hotel owner Richard King.
"Hindi na katanggap-tanggap na uulitin lang ang dating gawi, kung saan tumaas ang krimen, at bumaba ang huli," Roxas said.
He also said the PNP will make the necessary changes without necessarily having to recruit more personnel.

"Alam nating kulang ang pulis, kulang ang equipment, pero this is not the time na pag-usapan yon. Sa meron tayo ngayon, ano ang pwede nating gawin?" he said.