Acorda vows to implement much-needed reforms in PNP
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is committed to pursue honest-to-goodness reforms to cleanse the organization of the handful of undesirables who continue to give the entire institution a bad name, PNP chief Benjamin Acorda Jr. said.
“Our efforts will be relentless. Abuses and misconduct of PNP personnel will not be tolerated to show our people that as an organization, we are worthy of their trust,” Acorda said.
Acorda made the statement following the recent publication of the results of a nationwide survey by OCTA Research which said that 80 percent of Filipinos still trust the PNP.
The same survey also indicated that 73 percent of Filipinos are satisfied with the performance of the PNP, despite pressing challenges that the institution is facing.
Even as the survey yielded encouraging results, Acorda said there are still a lot of things that should to be done to improve the PNP.
“Preserving law and order in the entire country is our primordial duty. The highest standard of professionalism should be observed in all our dealings and our integrity should be beyond reproach,” he said.
Acorda said built-in mechanisms within the PNP are in place to make sure that all officers are hold accountable for their actions.
“I am committed to lead the PNP by example. No considerations and interests are more paramount than that of the nation and our people,” Acorda said.
Under his leadership, Acorda said he will revisit existing processes to re-invigorate independent bodies like the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) and the Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) as frontline units in running after PNP officers engaged in illegal activities.
“Our continuing to success in combating criminality and lawlessness nationwide is nothing if we cannot, as an organization, rid the PNP of misfits and undesirables,” Acorda said.
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