MANILA - President Benigno Aquino on Monday told officials of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) to stop fighting.
"Matagal nang may bangayan dito na hindi ko ikinatutuwa. Ang pakay nitong dalawa ay siguraduhin ang output ng PNPA ay pinakamagaling na mahuhulma natin, hindi iyong uubusin ninyo ang oras ninyo sa bangayan," Aquino said. "Dapat nagtulungan sila na iwasto ang mga problema na ito, di ba. Nag-order ako ng investigation medyo matagal-tagal na tungkol dito."
The chief executive said he has ordered an investigation on the issue, the results of which should be out soon.
"Ready na raw iyong investigation. Asahan ninyo this week may action diyan sa dalawang iyan. Can I take this opportunity na paalala sa lahat ng involved dito, isa lang ang mission ninyo: Ipinaalaga sa inyo ang mga kadete, ihulma ninyo ng tama, kailangan mamuno kayo by example."
PPSC president Atty. Ruben Platon was reportedly surprised when he was not listed as the one who would confer the degree of bachelor of science in public safety on the PNPA graduates, despite was usual practice.
PNPA director Chief Supt. Noel Constantino conferred the degree.
Platon reportedly issued a memorandum dated March 26 reminding the PNPA director that disregarding the authority of the PPSC head to confer and sign the diplomas of the graduating cadets is a violation and is prejudicial to the graduating cadets.
The PNPA is one of the training schools under the PPSC.
Meantime, Aquino doused speculations that graduates of the PNPA are considered second-class citizens in terms of promotions in the PNP when up against counterparts from the Philippine Military Academy.
"Everything has to be decided on merit. Nagpakita ka ng gilas, ipinakita mo angkop iyong kakayahan mo at iyong serbisyo mo para deserving ka of a higher position has been reiterated to both change of command, both in the PMA and the PNPA," he said.
"We will look into the matter na there should be no discrimination as to where you graduated from, in determining fitness for higher positions," Aquino said.
Aquino mentioned PNPA graduates who have risen up the ranks. "Ibigay ko muna sa iyo kung sinu-sino iyong mga achieved star rank --- ano ito medyo random, memory-based nung mga pinagtanungan ko. Currently, Chief Superintendent Luis Chavez, Fidel Posadas, Antonio Bernes, all of them class of '83."
"Ang pagkaintindi ko na-transform ang PNP into a regular academy in 1981. So parang iyong output nila within two years, output in four years, ano --- have already achieved star rank. Previous to that, retired director --- two-star, si Danilo Abarsosa, class of '80, he achieved two-star rank," he said.