MANILA – The Philippine National Police is ready to take over primary law enforcement and peace and order initiatives from local government if local chief executives are found to be lacking in performance in that area.
PNP chief Oscar Albayalde made the comment after President Rodrigo Duterte warned mayors he would empower police to take over if they fail performance audits by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Albayalde said the PNP is well capable of performing the mission but would need support like mobile cars and fuel.
Meanwhile, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) launched new hotline numbers for crimes and to report erring cops.
NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar said this is part of efforts to enlist the help of the community to fight crime and criminality.
Albayalde also reminded commanders that they would be held responsible if their men are caught committing violations.