Bataan police ready for ‘internal cleansing’

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    BALANGA CITY — The Philippine National Police in Bataan on Wednesday announced its readiness to undertake “internal cleansing” as ordered by PNP Director-General Roland “Bato” Dela Rosa to address negative issues raised against the country’s police force.

    “Sa hanay ng Bataan police, agad-agad itong ia-address at bibigyan ng kasagutan,” declared Supt. Rommel Velasco, chief of the police public safety command.

    He said that Senior Supt. Benjamin Silo, Jr., Bataan police director who is a lawyer, will soon release guidelines on programs about personnel enhancement.

    “Ito’y isang pagpapatunay na ang commitment ng Bataan PNP sa pagpapanatili ng kaayusan sa lalawigan ay maigting,” Velasco said.

    The police official wants Bataan to be known not only as the fi rst province in the country to be declared drugfree. “Nais naming i-promote na ang Bataan ay tahanan ng mga pulis na mapagkakatiwalaan, maaasahan, disiplinado at friendly,” Velasco said.

    He said that the Provincial Advisory Council (PAC) can help the Bataan police attain this image. “Ang PAC na magbibigay ng direksiyon, rekomendasyon ay aming susundin para sa lalo pang pagpapaganda ng aming serbisyo,” he said.

    General manager Carlos Pizarro, Jr. of the Metro Bataan Development Authority said PAC is composed of representatives from government and civic organizations supporting the peace and order campaign in the province in cooperation with the police.

    Pizarro is provincial chair of PAC that was created by the national government to monitor if the police are doing their job efficiently and in order.

    “Sa mga balita maraming isyu laban sa pulis pero nakakatuwa na sa Bataan walang problema tungkol sa mga pulis. Mga Koreano, Chinese at iba pang investors tahimik at maayos na naninirahan sa lalawigan,” the MBDA head said.

    He said that the influx of investors was a clear proof of the favorable peace and order condition in the province.

    Pizarro said that as a way of showing appreciation to the police, the provincial government headed by Gov. Albert Garcia gave police 16 base radios and 27 handheld radios with beeper system.

    He said that soon the Bataan police will be receiving from the provincial government service vehicles, other equipment and even sniper rifles.

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