'Bato' wants PNP to handle police training

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 23 2016 01:44 PM

Philippine National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa. Paul Kristian Fil Darang/NPPA IMAGES

MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald ''Bato'' Dela Rosa on Tuesday said the PNP's inability to handle the training of its own personnel is a challenge to the police force.

Dela Rosa told a Senate hearing that currently, police training is being handled by the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), which is under the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

''[That is] another challenge we want the Senate to address - the control of PNP over training of personnel. We would like to inform you na PNP lang ang police agency sa mundo na hindi nagte-train sa kanyang police," dela Rosa said.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said he has already filed a bill seeking the transfer of administrative and operational control over PNPA to the PNP.

Senator Panfilo Lacson, a former police chief, brought up the matter of police training after noticing that newbie cops are the ones who usually get involved in shenanigans.

''Iyung ating recruitment program, as it appears, nakita natin, mga PO1 [Police Officer 1], PO2 (ang naiinvolve sa mga kaso). There must be something wrong with the recruitment program. If not recruitment, yung basic training. Bakit ang babata pa sila ang karaniwang involved,'' he said.

(It is always the PO1s and PO2s who get involved in shenanigans. There must be something wrong with the recruitment program or basic training of policemen. Why are the young ones are getting involved in cases?)

Acting Deputy Inspector General Chief Supt. Leo Leuterio said 81 PO1s, 42 PO2s, and 48 PO3s are currently being investigated for wrongdoing.