Some cops vulnerable to corruption: PNP

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 29 2011 12:26 PM | Updated as of Mar 29 2011 08:26 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The spokesman of the Philippine National Police on Tuesday acknowledged that some police officers are vulnerable to opportunities for corruption, which is why the PNP is striving to block these opportunities from taking place.

In a statement, Police Senior Superintendent Agrimero Cruz said the police organization has put in place all necessary safeguards to eliminate every possible situation or opportunity for corruption in the police service.

"In almost every aspect of police operation and function, anti-corruption safeguards have been installed to satisfy the requirements of transparency and public accountability according to the government's anti-corruption master plan," he said.

Cruz said that over the years, the PNP has been consistently cited as among national agencies compliant with the national government's performance governance system in terms of transparency , accountability and organizational reforms to eliminate corruption.

"We do not intend to challenge public opinion as against our own quantifiable record of fighting corruption. We can only offer our best assurance of  organizational integrity in the best interest of proper public service," he said.

The PNP spokesman issued the statement after a Pulse Asia perception survey revealed that the national police force is considered the 2nd most corrupt government agency, behind the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The survey, conducted from February 24 to March 6, 2011, showed that 26.6% of Filipinos believe the PNP is the most corrupt agency in the country while 48.9% chose the AFP as the most corrupt.

The survey showed that about eight in ten Filipinos (81%) are aware of alleged corrupt practices in the military due to extensive media coverage of the congressional probes on military corruption.

Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Oban on Monday said the Pulse Asia survey is a challenge for the military to clean up its image.

“It’s a perception. Perhaps, we still have to enlighten more the public about what the Armed Forces has done and what it is doing right now and what we intend to do later on in terms of blueprint for reforms,” he said.

Oban stressed that the military has started its reform initiatives to combat corruption in the military as early as 2000 or three years before authorities uncovered the corrupt activities of former military comptroller Maj. Gen. Carolos Garcia.

He said that after the short-lived Oakwood mutiny was launched by the Magdalo Group in July 2003, the military again initiated reforms based on the recommendations of the Feliciano commission that looked into the military adventurism.