Cascolan says stoppage of US assistance won’t affect PNP
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) will not be affected should the United States decides to stop its assistance to the country’s police force, its chief, Gen. Camilo Cascolan, said Monday.
According to Cascolan, the PNP receives assistance from the US in terms of schoolings, training, seminars, and conferences as well as joint police exercises.
“But the pullout of the support from us will no way affect the PNP. As I have said, as long as we have the support of our President, we will be doing our job, and the morale of the PNP is still very very high,” he said during a press briefing.
“Walang problema sa amin ‘yan (We have no problem with that). For as long as the President supports the PNP, we are very, very happy,” he added.
Citing alleged human rights violations, Pennsylvania Rep. Susan Wild earlier introduced House Bill 8313 before the US House of Representatives that proposes the Philippine Human Rights Act, which seeks to suspend the US government’s provision of security assistance to the Philippine military and police until the Philippine government has made “certain reforms” to the military and police forces.
Malacañang has called the proposal a “very wild” suggestion, apparently a pun of Wild’s surname. It added that the bill has a “very slim” chance of becoming law.
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