Purisima assumes top PNP post, tells corrupt cops to 'leave now'-A A +A
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
MANILA -- Police Deputy Director General Alan Purisima formally assumed on Tuesday the post of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief with a goal to cleanse the institution from corrupt personnel and bring a new breed of professional cops who give true service.
In his speech during the PNP change of command on Tuesday, Purisima warned erring police officials and members that they will be dismissed from their posts under his new leadership.
"Tutukuyin at aalisin natin ang mga mapagsamantalang opisyales at miyembro ng organisasyon. Kaya naman may mensahe ako sa mga kasamahan natin sa PNP na sangkot sa kasamaan at katiwalian: Umalis na kayo, ngayon pa lang," said Purisima.
The new PNP chief said the organization will be enhancing competence, discipline, and professionalism among all personnel in all levels of the police force, which will also undertake organizational development and reforms and promote excellence.
"This strategic focus will bring a new breed of professional police officers," said Purisima, adding that the police officers serve as the "cutting edge" of the PNP.
"Kapag mapurol ang ating cutting edge o talim, mapurol din at depektibo ang serbisyong nabibigay ng buong kapulisan. Ngunit kapag matalim at maayos ito, nangangahulugan na ang kapulisan ay tapat sa tungkulin at nagbibigay ng serbisyong makatototahanan kung kayat maraming adhikain ang makakamtam at matatamo ng pambansang pulisya," Purisima said.
No multi-tasking policy in PNP
Among the first goals of the new PNP chief is to implement a no multi-tasking policy to identify the definite and exact role of each police personnel.
"Mahalaga ang bagay na ito sa kadahilanang malalaman ng bawat isang miyembro kung ano ang dapat niyang gampanan para makamtam ang inatang na misyon," said Purisima, noting that this would avoid the confusion in the performance of police duties and the abandonment of tasks.
"Kung ikaw ay isang imbestigador, dapat nakatuon ka sa kasong ibinigay sa iyo. Marami sa mga kaso ang nabibinbin dahil ang imbestigador ay nauutusan para gumawa ng ibang trabaho," said Purisima.
Through this system, Purisima said the PNP will easily see the inefficiencies in the police force and how its resources are being used.
"I will be strict when it comes to implementation. And I will expect nothing but the best results. As I demand commitment and excellence from you, I shall equally focus on providing you the appropriate support that you need in your operations," Purisima told the members of the police force.
But while each policeman should have a definite role, Purisima said PNP offices and levels should be a single team with one advocacy.
"We want to be a police organization that shares one vision and common objectives," said Purisima.
Lifetime dream fulfilled
Purisima, who replaced former Director General Nicanor Bartolome, admitted that assuming the highest position in the police force is his dream.
"Pangarap raw po ng sinumang nagsusuot ng uniporme ng pulis ang maging PNP chief. Hindi naman masama ang mangarap kung kaya't aaminin ko na sumagi din ito sa aking isipan," said Purisima.
"I am celebrating this moment and dream of a lifetime," he added.
Purisima is a native of San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur and a member of the Philippine Military Academy "Dimalupig Class" of 1981.
After his graduation from the PMA, Purisima joined the Philippine Constabulary and later the PNP. He has received several awards and commendations as a member of both organizations.
The new PNP chief was a former provincial director of the Pangasinan Police Office and the National Capital Region Police Office. He was also previously the head of the PNP Directorial Staff.
Purisima was also designated as head of Task Force Safe (Secure and Fair Elections).
President Benigno Aquino III, the guest speaker on Tuesday's turnover ceremony, expressed his confidence on Purisima, who was a part of the Presidential Security Group of the former's late mother, President Cory Aquino.
"Buhat noon, hindi na po matatawaran ang aming naging samahan at ugnayan... Kaya naman mataas ang kompiyansa kong papanig lamang siya sa tama, at pihadong makapagdudulot siya ng katangi-tanging pagbabago sa hanay ng kapulisan kumpara sa sistemang aming pong minana," Aquino said in his speech.
Bartolome bids farewell
Bartolome, on the other hand, also expressed confidence on Purisima, describing him as a "worthy successor." He also went emotional as he thanked his friends, families, and supporters in his last speech as PNP chief.
"Sa pagbaba ko sa pwesto sa araw na ito, panatag ang loob ko na iiwanan ang ating kapulisan na higit na may dangal at kakayahan, higit na may tiwala sa sarili at masigasig magserbisyo sa sambayanan."
"Ako po si Nicanor Ancheta Bartolome, at sa pagbaba ko sa pwesto ngayong araw na ito at sa pagsisimula ko muli ng buhay sibilyan, mananatili sa aking puso, isip at diwa ang mga katagang 'Minsa'y naging pulis ako, pulis niyo po,' " he said.
Both Aquino and Purisima thanked Bartolome for his services, who stepped down from his post ahead of his scheduled retirement on March 16, 2013 to pave way for a smooth transition in the PNP leadership in time for the midterm elections next year. (Emmanuel Louis Bacani/Sunnex)