New PNP chief told: Make polls peaceful



CHANGE OF COMMAND President Aquino watches the change of command from outgoing PNP chief Nicanor Bartolome (left) to PNP Director General Alan Purisima in Camp Crame, Quezon City, on Tuesday. Also witnessing the turnover are former President Fidel V. Ramos (left) and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas. LYN RILLON

President Aquino on Tuesday issued his marching orders to newly installed Philippine National Police Director General  Alan Purisima: Ensure peaceful elections in 2013 and hunt down hooligans in the police force.

In a speech at the turnover of command at Camp Crame on Tuesday, the President warned hoodlums, drug addicts, bullies, abusive and corrupt PNP members that their days were numbered.

Mr. Aquino devoted much of his lengthy speech, which was delivered in Filipino, reminding the 148,000-strong police organization of its image problem in the eyes of a wary public.

He said that he had already presided over three change-of-command ceremonies in the PNP, but he noted that bad eggs continued to “soil the agency’s reputation.”

“We will never allow those expected to serve the country themselves to lead in committing anomalies,” Mr. Aquino said, stressing that the “straight path” would not tolerate uniformed police officers driving without a helmet or license, and displaying utak wangwang (abusive behavior) that only obstructed reforms.

The President bade goodbye to outgoing Director General Nicanor Bartolome, commending him for his “honest and reliable service,” and for having instituted a “one-strike policy” against erring police directors assigned to areas with rampant jueteng, or illegal gambling, operations.



Mr. Aquino praised Bartolome for “unselfishly” giving way to Purisima.

“He had to quit his post ahead of time to give way to the new leadership who will be tasked with safeguarding the next elections. With this decision comes ample time to prepare the police for achieving a clean and peaceful election. To Nic: Thank you for your concern and for voluntarily serving our country. Mabuhay ka, Nic (Long live, Nic),” said the President.

The President had publicly asked Bartolome, who was officially due to retire on March 16, to contemplate an early retirement to ensure smooth preparations for the 2013 midterm elections.

Mr. Aquino pointed out that Bartolome had done his share in the administration’s quest to cleanse the PNP of misfits.

Some of Bartolome’s accomplishments included going after “most wanted persons….” and pushing for the “PNP Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding of the Rule of Law or PNP P.A.T.R.O.L. Plan 2030,” Mr. Aquino recalled.

In a well-applauded message to police officers who accepted bribes in exchange for the destruction of the environment, played blind to illegal logging, used illegal drugs, or engaged in reselling seized drugs, or got involved in robbery and mulcting, he said.

“Your days are numbered. My order is unequivocal—following the law is not optional. Once our paths cross, you would not only surrender your badge and uniform. We will replace these with an orange T-shirt (emblazoned) with a big letter ‘P’ (for prisoner) at the back.”

Culture of heroism

To erase the doubts and fears of the citizenry toward the police, all members of the police organization should band together and do their share in improving the image of the PNP, the President said.

This, he said, would help breed a “culture of honor and heroism in your ranks,” so that the public would “feel secure, not fearful every time they see you.”

Mr. Aquino confessed to having personal ties with Purisima, who served as aide to his mother, the late President Corazon Aquino, in 1987.

Since then, he said that their “association and relationship” bloomed even during times when Mr. Aquino was in the opposition, as congressman and later senator.

“Thus, I have utmost confidence that he would only side with what is right, and for sure he would cause extraordinary change in the police ranks compared to the system we inherited,” said the President.

Crucial test

The crucial test of leadership for Purisima will come during the May 2013 polls, he said.

“Our goal: for the entire police organization to serve as a monument of honor and integrity, successfully maintaining peace and order, especially in the coming elections. This maybe is the first challenge to your new leadership: The people are hoping that you could ensure order from the height of the campaign season to the close of the polls,” said Mr. Aquino, referring to the intent of the Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) task force for the 2013 polls.

Purisima, as PNP deputy director general, headed this task force.

“We all know that only through free elections could we ascertain the real decision of the nation: Should we continue treading the straight path, or should we (place our bets on) those threatening to hale us back to the crooked system?” Mr. Aquino said.

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  • Summerspice

    If the President asks you to retire can you say no?Of course not!Bartolome was made to retire early.He could always designate Purisima as a Task Force Commander on Elections while Bartolome finishes his term.Let’s see if there will be clean elections next year under Purisima.

    • LucianoChing

      You are right,but the reason they want Bartolome out right away is because he is not trusted that much unlike Purisima who is a robot to Aquino…D susi yan…He is programmed to follow all orders ..Sort of a Robo-cop…

  • ddano

    Turn over na rin ba ng Jueteng Payola ?

  • boytalakitok

    anu un nakasakbit kay noynoy?

    • antonioluna


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  • Fulpol

    lumabas na naman ang kabastusan ni BS Aquino III…

    di man lang hinintay na magretire si Bartolome sa March 2013…

    bastos talaga…. in the first place, siya naman ang nag-appoint kay Bartolome…

    kawawang Bartolome, kaya umiyak dahil bago man lang umalis sa serbisyo, ay nakatikim na sobrang pambabastos sa kanyang pagkatao, at galing pa yan sa Presidente..

    psychologically disordered talaga si BS Aquino III.. bastos.. at siyempre, manipulative typical na simtomas ng may sakit sa emosyon at utak… “unsefishly”????  bastos, manipulative..

    • pasaway008ako

      Fulpol…fulpol talaga ang utak mo! Paano mo sasabihin na pambabastos ang pagbibigay lugar ni Bartolome, e nagkusa naman siyang magretiro ng maaga?

    • yesyesyo

      Stupid comment. this was done to facilitate better preparations for the 2013 elections.

      Such a bitter LOSER!

    • antonioluna

      nagagalit na ang mga yellow zombies… ayan na!!! 

    • Simoun Magaalahas

      Siguro kung ikaw ang presidente di nga malayo na bugok din ang uupo na kagaya mo. kung ano ang hinaba ng salita mo ganun din kahaba ang kakitiran ng utak mo…..

  • Jovy

    nung nakita kong naluha si PNP Chief Nic Bartolome sa mga nasalanta ng bagyong Pablo…naisip ko isa itong mabuting tao..di kita kilala sir Nic pero alam ko isa kayong mabuting tao..d kagaya ng ilan nyong kabaro.

    • Albert Einstien

      mukha nga mabuti cya..pero .bakit sya PINALAYAS agad…mababaw ata yun kelangan sa eleksyon na  rason…i-piniFLOAT na cya at pumayag naman……anong meron nakapagtataka…..siguro me mga sasagasaan sila  sa POLITICAL KINGPIN, JUETENG KINGS at DRUG  LORDS sana yan ang tamang rason…mabuhay ang PNP..sana ILIBING nyo na rin mga KKK mas masahol sila………lol

  • Rovingmoron

    What the PNP can do is to rotate all its men, especially those covering the election hot spots in the country. Reshuffle your men a month before the national election takes place. By doing so, politicians who had made rapport with police officials will eventually become powerless to use them as  intimidators during elections. Also, train your eyes on the proliferation of the private armies, which might be used in far-flung areas to intimidate election officials and voters alike.

  • charlie_oscar

    Meanwhile…over at the Kano Bureau…(FBI) FB EYE
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    An undercover FBI agent investigating weapon smuggling in the Philippines spent taxpayer dollars to pay for prostitutes for the suspects and himself at a club later raided for hiring underage girls, a defense attorney has alleged in court filings. Federal prosecutors acknowledged in court filings that the government reimbursed the agent for $14,500 for entertainment, cocktails and tips over a period of less than a year in 2010 and 2011 in connection with the case. The expenses included $1,600 on a night out in September 2011 at a club known as Area 51 in Manila.

  • wakats

    WHOAAA – no mention of jueteng.

    Tuloy ang ligaya – mga kasamang pinedas, espinos, singsons, estradas, arroyos, aquinos, cojuancos, atong, marcoses, enriles, belmontes, villafuertes, atbp 

  • Fred

    Patunayan mo Purisima na karapat dapat ka. Simulan mo ang pagsibak sa mga police directors ng Pampanga at Pangasinan and down the ranks, who were not able to stop jueteng. That would have chilling effects to all provincial police directors.


    O ayan, nagpalit na naman…’pag may whistle blower na naman na nangbi-blame kay Gloria (sa JUETENG), EWAN KO NA LANG.
    Oh, di 3 KKKings na naman?

  • $18209031

    Dios ko santisima.. Taon taon ang change of command, wala namang kaibahan.  Palabras lang . Tradisyon itong nuon pang kupongkupong pakitang hilas.


  • katabay1106

    This is a good decision by Pres.  Aquino. No police director will follow the orders of an outgoing PNP Chief. I hope PNP Chief Purisima will start his command by reducing his waist. He cant order his men to keep themselves fit if the PNP top honcho is overweight.

  • Your_King

    Ironically, PNoy himself is a bully to those he considers his political enemy. He gave marching orders to safeguard the 2013 elections then whispered “As long as my cousin and friends gets elected then i really don’t care what happens.”

    • Tamarindwalk

       Then let’s see that his cousin doesn’t get elected.  One person from any given family is sufficient for the public to support.

      • Your_King

        It would be better for Aquino to focus on more important issues instead of campaigning for his cousin.

  • Socorro

    I hope the visibility and presence of police officers in the streets of Metro Manila will be the priority. Criminals are on the loose even in broad daylight because there are no police officers, after they install CCTV they just rely on those gadgets. Iba pa rin ang may pulis sa paligid, the criminals will think twice if they always see them.I’m sure elections will be peaceful kasi  di sila manggugulo. Sila ang may gawa ng division at gulo like what is happening now in Cebu. 

  • mark sahaoman

    police visibility is very important and check points. immediate reponse can be achieved if the police is in the area unlike if they are in the office/station.

  • Pedro

    Sa picture, nakatingin  si  dating president Fidel  Ramos  kay Gen. Alan Purisima. . .parang  sinasabi nya  ” Gen. Alan, sana mapatigil mo na  yang  buwisit  na  Jueteng  na  yan ha ! Kasi ako, simula  pa  noong  mga 1950’s , noong  hindi  ka pa  siguro  ipinapanganak, inumpisahan  ko ng  labanan  yang  jueteng na yan.!  Naging PC  chief ako, chief of staff  ni Marcos, namuno  sa  EDSA revolution,  naging  Defense  Secretary  ni CORY at  naging Presidente  pa  ng Pilipinas  PERO  HINDI  KO  TALAGA  NATALO  YANG  JUETENG !  DYAN  NA  NAUBOS  ANG  BUHOK  KO, SA  TOTOO LANG !! Good  luck  sa  iyo !!

    • pulis

       Yes Sir, titigil na ang payola ng Jueteng sa higher ups, dito nalang sa akin.. Sayang rin ang 9 billion ah! Hindi ko ma sustintuhan ang mga asawa ko’t mga anak sa loob at sa labas..Whoaaaa!

  • Bengatibo

    Ensure election is peaceful,  sabi daw. Ngayon pa lang napakarami nang kiliings related to the election 2013!!! Not until there is a major revamp of police service in different provinces who are coddlers of politicians, election 2013 will be bloody!!! Not to mention that private armies abound in the provinces, i think 68 hotspots have already been identified. They should start dismantling private armies as early as now!!! Loose firearms abound. These will be used by politicians to advance their candidacy. Big money is involved in the election and when these politicians win there would be a windfall of corrupt money once elected

  • rodben

    In Singapore Police officers no BELLY why in Pinas majority of the Police officers are BIG STOMACH?

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