Roxas wants report on PMA-PNPA rivalry

By Cecille Suerte Felipe, The Philippine Star

Posted at May 02 2014 09:03 AM | Updated as of May 02 2014 05:03 PM

MANILA - The supposed rivalry between alumni of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) over assignment and promotion in the police organization remains unresolved.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II said he has yet to receive the report from PNP officials.

Roxas ordered the PNP leadership last month to submit to him the list of police officials, their respective positions and whether they are alumni of the PMA or PNPA.

“I haven’t seen any report,” he told The STAR. “But I know ginagawa nila (they’re preparing it). In fact, I met with some members of the alumni of the PNPA. We had some discussions on some data.”

President Aquino also ordered PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima to ensure a “more equitable and proportionate” appointment and promotion of graduates of the PNPA and the PMA.

The President earlier approved the promotion of 10 police officials, eight of them PMA graduates, one from the PNPA and a West Point Academy alumnus.

Roxas denounced the alleged “bata-bata” or patronage system in the PNP, saying there should be a “level playing field” in the promotion and assignment of officers in the police force.