PNP chief: Duterte suggests using military ranks for police officers
It was President Rodrigo Duterte himself who suggested that the rank classification of the Philippine National Police (PNP) uniformed personnel be changed, adopting that of the military establishment’s for easier recall, said Director General Ronald de la Rosa, PNP chief, said on Monday.
“Alam mo na trigger yan nung sabi ni Presidente na he has been dealing with the PNP ever since,” Dela Rosa said in a press conference. “Mayor siya for how many years, but up to now hindi niya ma-internalize kung ano ba talaga equivalent ng colonel, one-star general, two-star general. So sabi nya, baguhin niyo yan Sabi ko: ‘Sir, matagal na namin gusto baguhin talaga yan’.”
([You know what triggered that? It was what the President said that he has been dealing with the PNP ever since. He had been a mayor for how many years but up to he could not internalize what is the equivalent of colonel, one-star general, two-star general. So he said, change it. I told him, “Sir, we have long wanted to change it.”]
Dela Rosa also took note that even journalists covering the police beat would sometimes mix up the ranks and say “Police Senior Officer” instead of “Senior Police Officer.”
Dela Rosa expressed support for House Bill No. 5236, which seeks to change the PNP’s rank classification and adopt the one used by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Antipolo City Rep. Romeo Acop, a former PNP police general, authored the bill.
The measure will amend Section 28 of the Department of Interior and Local Government Act of 1990 (Republic Act No. 6975) “for purposes of clarity of command and responsibility, and for the effective and efficient administration, supervision and control.”
The PNP rank will be set apart from that of the military’s by adding “police” before every rank.
For example, a Director, which is Dela Rosa’s rank, would be police General (four-star rank) and a Deputy Director General will be police Lieutenant General (three-star rank).
A Police Officer (PO) 1 will become a police Private; PO2 will be a police Private First Class; PO3 will be a police Corporal; and a Senior Police Officer 1 will be a police Sergeant. /atm
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