New PNP chief eyes crackdown on philandering cops

From a report by Anthony Taberna, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 13 2012 11:07 PM | Updated as of Dec 14 2012 07:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Deputy Director General Alan Purisima, who will be replacing Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Nicanor Bartolome, will be instituting a crackdown on womanizing cops.
Purisima said the morals of every policeman must be without question so they become good examples to the public.
He called on philanderers in the organization to change their ways or else administrative charges will be filed against them.
“Kapag may nagre-reklamo, kaso  po ‘yan. Ibig sabihin, administrative case ang ipa-file natin lahat sa kanila,” said Purisima.

Purisima also instructed chaplains to guide policemen to become good fathers and husbands.
The National Police Commission, meanwhile, said it has not received that many complaints from policemen's wives.

Purisima believes that a fulfilling spiritual life will allow his men to better serve the public.

Purisima also said as new PNP chief, he will continue the programs started by Bartolome, who has opted for early retirement.

“I would like to tell the PNP that we will continue the programs started by the chief of the PNP, particularly the PNP Patrol Plan 2013 and this will be used to better serve the community and protection of the community through the PNP’s Serbisyong Makatotohanan,” said Purisima.

Purisima is the fourth most senior PNP official and currently heads the task force that will oversee peace and order during the 2013 polls.

President Aquino announced Thursday that Bartolome will step down on December 18.

Bartolome was supposed to retire on March 16 when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.

But the President wanted him on non-duty status to give the next PNP chief time to prepare for next year's midterm elections.

“I will not go on non-duty status. Instead, I will have an early retirement because I would rather that the new chief of the PNP will be able to get immediately a 4-star rank. It is just fitting that the new chief will have full authority,” said Bartolome.

In a briefing at the PNP headquarters, Interior and Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas thanked Bartolome for his service.

“May penalty ito sa kanya, kaya nagpapasalamat tayo sa kanyang pagiging bayani in this respect and of course his decades worth of service to our people and the PNP,” said Roxas. -- ANC