MANILA - Scoring high public satisfaction for law enforcement's performance in the war on drugs remains a challenge for the Philippine National Police (PNP).
But PNP Spokesperson Senior Superintendent Dionardo Carlos said the organization is looking at the bright side, noting that the public's trust is still relatively high despite the recent 11-point drop on the PNP's net satisfaction rating.
"It is still a challenge for us. There are two ways to look at the glass, whether you look at it as half empty or half full. It’s (satisfaction rating) beyond 50 percent so ano ho ang makikita ho natin talaga doon hindi ho ba," Carlos said Wednesday.
"So still it is a challenge for us. If we can raise the figure, the acceptance of the public, it would be a good indicator that we have the support of the public, but the figures say it's more than half,” Carlos said
Since the survey was done last March 25-28, it is possible that the public may have a different perception at present, he said.
“At that time, we were reestablishing our campaign against illegal drugs. 'Yung paggamit nung word na EJK (extrajudicial killing) which, if we follow the law and follow what is established in the country," Carlos said.
He said the PNP has refuted the number of summary executions-
over 7,000 at the time of the survey- attributed to the police.
The survey also showed that 92% of respondents want drug personalities to be arrested alive.
“We are one with the community and the people. We would like those violating the law to be arrested alive," he added.
The PNP-Internal Affairs Service (IAS) is currently investigating alleged violations during anti-illegal drugs operations, he said.
“So the process of investigation [is that] we will let IAS give their findings. Talaga pong yung napapatay karamihan dito ay nanlaban. Kapag meron pong mali, kinakasuhan ho natin based on the findings of the investigation, yan po ang ginagawa natin," he said.
Carlos stressed that the PNP is serious in resolving cases of extra judicial killings, citing the importance for witnesses to give their testimonies to help the police gather strong evidence.
“We are serious in solving not just EJK cases but all cases, crime incidents. Some may take shorter periods of time to complete the investigation and be able to file the case before the court and make the suspect answerable for that. Some cases would take long," he said.
He called on communities to be cooperative in police investigations.
"[K]ung meron po silang mga naririnig, mga leads kapag naibibigay po sa atin pong imbestigador it will be some point direction where the investigators will proceed with their task,” Carlos said.