Efficiency key to fighting crime


There will be fewer crime incidents this year if the chiefs of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will carry out their plans  to the letter.

A more professional, disciplined and committed Philippine National Police (PNP) is what recently installed PNP chief Alan La Madrid Purisima says he will strive for this year.

To achieve professionalism and competence, Purisima says policemen will have to  undergo a series of training and refresher courses.

The training and seminars are on criminal investigation, tactical motorcycle riding, scout ranger duties, special weapons and tactics and handgun proficiency, among others.

Each policeman will be made to realize that discipline and efficiency start with himself, says Purisima.

“My IP (Individual Performance) is the Key” is the slogan of each cop this year.

“(The slogan) is both an internal campaign and a system that aims to extract the best from the police officer on a 24/7 (24 hours, 7 days a week) basis. It will instill in police personnel pride in their craftsmanship,” says Purisima.

* * *

NBI Director Nonnatus Caesar Rojas was brief when I asked him to summarize in a few words his plan for the bureau this year:

“Efficiency, efficiency and more efficiency.”

Elaborating, Rojas said, “Coupled with integrity and prayers, the NBI will be dynamic in responding to the demands of the times to address the growing sophistication and almost unlimited resources of criminal syndicates.”

“Agents and personnel,” he said, “will undergo continuous training and be properly equipped to deal with victims and criminals alike, and be sympathetic and humane to those in need of assistance, especially the poor and the helpless.”

* * *

Alfredo Almueda, the environment official in Quirino province who was murdered on Jan. 1, fought a lonely battle against illegal loggers.

He had complained that the regional state prosecutor, Rommel Balingod, dismissed illegal logging cases.

Balingod should be investigated.

Illegal loggers are feared by the local populace, the reason why citizens don’t complain. Those who do are silenced.

Jesse Camanguian, a radio commentator in Davao Oriental who assailed illegal logging in the province, was shot dead in Manay town three years ago.

Manay is the hometown of one of those I named in this space as reportedly involved in illegal logging in the mountains of Baganga and Cateel.

* * *

I grieve over the death of Cris Cabrera, wife of one of my closest friends, retired police Brig. Gen. Narciso Cabrera, former chief of the Western Police District (WPD), now the Manila Police District.

I was covering the WPD when I came to know Cris who, unlike other officers’ wives, never interfered in the work of her husband.

She was seldom seen in General Cabrera’s office and just attended to their children, now all professionals.

Cris will be interred at the Manila North Cemetery on Jan. 8.

Her remains lie at  Arlington Funeral Homes in Quezon City.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OEB7PNSKCCDWVRCF7OLPFRNC5U JUN

    ZZZZZzzzzz…..fashion naman isulat mo mr. tulfo. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    The DENR official was killed in Cagayan Valley.  Is that not Enrile’s territory?  Enrile is reported to be also involved in illegal logging like Angara of Aurora.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/zbBLkTt9xOJmjmBTp0xdKSudonXJb1xTB_MIBjk-#e38af F alonso

    Mr. Mon,,What happened to Gen. Espina?

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/zbBLkTt9xOJmjmBTp0xdKSudonXJb1xTB_MIBjk-#e38af F alonso

    Kuya Mon,sa lahat ng mga writers sa PDI,ikaw lang ang may pamalo sa pix.Kala ko ba marunong ka sa martial arts.

  • Rovingmoron

    I agree with you that the regional state prosecutor should be investigated for dumping all those criminal cases against illegal loggers in the province. My only guess is that the prosecutor’s balls are on his throat every time a case against an illegal logger is filed before his office. Instead of pinning the illegal logger down to answer for his misdeeds, he’d accept bribes. Hence, dismissal of the criminal cases with the prosecutor luaghing all the waythe bank. Perhaps, a posthumous award to the brave CENRO officer!

    • ed_nique

      i fullly agree with you that  the dismissal of the cases by the regional state prosecutor be reviewed by higher authorities.

      however, this article did not indicate the reasons thereof. as in most of his columns mr. tulfo has left the issue hanging and leaves much room for conjecture on his readers.

  • Rovingmoron

    Of course, it is high time that the PNP must re-train its personnel on marksmanship. I remember an off-duty cop in N. Domingo Street, Quezon City, whose pictures were taken by award-winning photographer of the People’s Journal many years ago, who was killed by an amok because he couldn’t hit the approaching suspect even as he pumped more bullets from his .38 revolver. How could he kill the mentally deranged amok when the cop was running away while he was shooting the amok?

    • batangpaslit

      baril nia paltik
      bala nia reload

  • JV Velarde

    The PNP should start thinking out of the box.

    They need to consider involving their men & women in uniform in more community work, specifically in problem areas. Majority of the people in any barangay wouldn’t know the name of the officers patrolling their place, unless his a notorious kotong cop. Police officers should be more active in the barangay, coordinate with authorities concerned & participate in community activities like physical fitness campaign or environmental activities like tree planting or cleaning esteros or even charity works.

    These helps improve the image of the police force & their presence becomes a security blanket in the community & a deterrent to criminal acts. The more active they are in the community, even in the smallest deeds, the lesser the crimes as what was shown in the “broken window study”. The result of this study states that maintaining and monitoring urban environments in a well-ordered condition may stop further vandalism and escalation into more serious crime. 

    The police need not fire the gun to restore order & security in the community, they just need to have their presence positively felt more & be pro-active in it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G2UFL7BAIFFUU6TIW4FFAPTVV4 Ghost

    A police force that resorts to summary executions is a very inefficient one.
    Summary executions is a crime worse than the crimes they aimed to deter, being done by supposed law-enforcers.
    Will this be a thing of the past now, or will Mr Tulfo continue to espouse it?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      In the absence of death penalty, sometimes resorting to summary executions of hardened criminals is necessary.

    • eirons1043

      Sa dami ng kriminal ngayon at sa abusong bagal at bail system ng hustisya mas ok pa ang summary execution sa mga tinatawag na habitual or repeater kriminals kasi in reality eh hanapbuhay na nila ang gumawa ng krimen para mabuhay.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/G2UFL7BAIFFUU6TIW4FFAPTVV4 Ghost

        In a way i agree with you, but the presence of summary executions still remains a symptoms of failure of the whole judicial systems, corrupt and inefficient cops and judges as well as incompetent detection, prevention and evidence gathering by police authorities (reminds me of the police investigator who even used and flushed a toilet of the Visconde’s during the scene investigation, dapat manood sila ng CSI).

        We should improve more on the certainty of criminals being caught and punished, because this is one best deterrence to crime. All criminals thought that they wont be caught when they are doing the act. The type of punishment that they may possibly face is only secondary on their mind.

        Just an opinion.

      • https://me.yahoo.com/a/zbBLkTt9xOJmjmBTp0xdKSudonXJb1xTB_MIBjk-#e38af F alonso

        Policemen who responded to the Visconde massacre are indeed Foolishmen.They deliberately burned and eliminated vital evidences on the crime scene.Those police/foolishmen deserve to be hanged.And yet Mon even defended the suspects.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

    Mr. Mon Tulfo, keep up the good work. Your “expose” are somewhat good to the common tao, lets wait for aksiyon from the pertinent law agencies… BTW, take good care… may your tribe increases…

  • $26606290

    serbisyo, malasakit sa kapwa, pagmamahal sa bayan, mapagkumbabang pakitungo sa publiko
    Aanhin yang hard skills kung walang puso at isip an magsasabi sa pulls kung alin ang tama at mali.

    Kaso mahirap siguro ituro to sa nagpulis para magkaroon ng baril at kapangyarihan.
    One strike policy dapat, dismiss even with a minor offense (e.g no helmet). No mercy for breaking the law for every law enforcer.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    “Each policeman will be made to realize that discipline and efficiency start with himself, says Purisima.”

    In a way, but most importantly is that his SUPERIOR must act as a good ROLE MODEL for him. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/53PNN2WSIQM6WLEOBGOCKQLV74 Jose

    Condolence to Gen. Cabrera. Thanks Mon for the information

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      I think Gen. Cabrera was then the WPD Chief during Martial Law.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PN3VRDYP7ZZDTUHWG5R7RJSXWM raul n

    mon how about the media/news blackout of how many really are dead and/or missing in mount diwalwal due to typhoon pablo? even in tagum city there is press censorship. try investigating these things.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    The CHED (Commission on Higher Education) has a lot to do with, and to contribute to, any significant improvement in police efficiency and character building.  Everyone should be able to see and know why.  Besides the fact that it really is difficult to teach old dogs new tricks.  Especially when they already have rabies.

  • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

    The training and seminars are on criminal investigation, tactical
    motorcycle riding, scout ranger duties, special weapons and tactics and
    handgun proficiency, among others.

    tulfo, pakisabi sa idol mong si purisima na simulan ang mga training sa physical fitness, which is the most basic requirement for these specialized courses.

    papasa kaya si purisima sa pft?

    • https://me.yahoo.com/a/zbBLkTt9xOJmjmBTp0xdKSudonXJb1xTB_MIBjk-#e38af F alonso

      You know,It’s not a question whether Purisima will pass on pft training or not.What matters most,,he is a friend of MT.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    aside from conducting courses to upgrade cop skills, the present police leadership should consider and try jack maple’s crime reduction techniques which are:

    1. timely and accurate intelligence (that is clearly communicated)
    2.rapid and synchronized deployment
    3.effective tactics and strategies
    4.relentless follow-up

    because foremost, nothing beats effective policing.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IGLQQ2TTZF3BAWUHUWLFWVPZDE Vladymir

    As you suggested in your past column,the PNP chief will recruit high school graduates to the force,There goes the your idea of the police becoming a professional organization.Tulfo always contradict himself.No wonder you are fast becoming a butt of ridicule and object of sarcastic comments.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      In other countries like the US, cops are just high school graduates.  Their skills are mostly acquired from training and experience.  They have more resources to provide the training unlike us.

  • nti_boohaya

    There needs to be a sytemic overhaul in the PNP to achieve that “effeciency” the brass is talking about- from continous character, attitude, leadership and professional training and development of each police officer to reorganization (to avoid the overlapping missions of police units) to creating an incorruptable internal audit or IG (inspector general) that swiftly deals with criminals in uniform to minimizing epals (media exposure) to lifestyle checks to practicing austerity (not kahambugan sa pamamagitan ng luxury SUV’s as service vehicles for the top dogs) physical fitness ala Espina. But then again kung pera pa rin ang  diyos nila,   a flaw in character, ma promote na si PO1 Baya Wok to SPO-ten Boo Haya, wala pa ring pagbabago!

  • Flexiblechair

    The only way our PNP would be efficient into it’s advocacy is to ratify its character as a civilinized organization. it should be a military like system, so anyone who wants to commit any illegal activities and proved that you did and abuse of power would be outright dismissed from service….pero pangarap lang yan kasi pag nasalihan na ng politika…..alam na natin ang kahihitnatnan.  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      Agree.  PNP is civilian in nature but most the officers are from PMA who are more military background.  Time to revise this system.



  • alconce

    The only way the PNP can gain back the respect of the public is to fire everybody and replace it with a new work force. I do not believe it can reform itself. They have been promising that since PNP-INP days but nothing has changed. Local and national newspapers as well as radio and TV continue to broadcast police involvement in every kind of crime committed. This does not include those that failed media’s attention. Right now it seems that those who can be trusted are the exception rather than the rule. Gone are the days when the presence of a policeman dressed to the nines complete with caps spells security. Compare that to the present crop that wears shabby, hastily pressed incomplete uniform (they never wear their caps and some with missing name plates but never fail to wear their shades even at dusk)  with some more often than not aboard their jeeps and motorcycles with missing plates. The whole force can be likened to a car that it is better to replace it with a brand new one than repair it.

  • $14141131

    The comment of Mr. Tulfo is partially correct. But discipline and patriotism among the police and military forces are the best key to fighting crime. Greed for wealth and possessions including girls (considered by most officials in the Philippines as status symbol) brought down the two values and eventually the peace and order. The size of the stomachs of the officials translates to the size of air in the heads and their laziness.

  • http://Yahoo.com/ Ragdeleafar

    To enhance decipline  the Military and Police Force personnel for a change for well commited, honest, law abiding, unshakable, high integrity, nationalistic, good moral character officers, best fighting personnel for crimes solving, prevention and apprehension skills is to develope a person stating from childhood at age seven (7) until reaching eighteen (18) adult.

    Should stay in school cared by government full schoolarship study all whatever are needed
    training(s), martial arts, marksmanship, (mind, body, moral, spiritual, etc), like what the ‘Spartan’ deed that concerns to their best soldiers. In this modern time the same will apply.

    Paglaki at nasa hustong gulang na yan tingan ko lang pag hindi lumaki well decipline person yan since childhood employed by the National Government call them “Elite National Police” (ENP) as peace keeping force!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FPVUYCML46QCAJM5N2O4GNID24 tony

    pinoys are condemned to a lifetime of crime and poverty – all thanks to the pinoy culture of “bahala-na-ang-diyos” and “patawarin-na-natin-yung-mga-nagkasala” …no amount of praying and wishful thinging is going to lift pinoys out of the worsening poverty they find themselves in unless the people learn to be honest, take matters into their own hands and do something concrete to fix the problem – sige dasal pa kayo!

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