POLICE authorities often blame failure of intelligence for any bungled police operations and let their marked men, the suspects, go scot-free. Intelligence funds are normally set aside or allocated in the budgets of the PNP and in local government units (LGUs) and these are not subject to audit, so the recipients have the free hand and choice to use them.
How come therefore the police authorities often fail in their mission? Is it because of lax procedures or plain lack of foresight and laziness? How come (again) the NPA get the better of the exchange and the soldiers get massacred too often? What has happened to the intelligence network of the Armed Forces.
I know the intelligence network system of the military is complex, if not complicated, but funds are precisely set aside for intelligence-gathering
purposes. Or are the funds diverted elsewhere?
The rebels laugh at the clumsy set-up of the military forces. No wonder they (the rebels) can penetrate at will the stations of the PNP and
swoop down on their armory unmolested. The police personnel guarding the stations are often killed, maimed or left degraded. What intelligence
network are they banking on?
On the LGU side, intelligence funds are supposed to be used against illegal drugs operators as in buy-bust operations. There are instances, however, that the malefactors are tipped off about the impending raids and escape from the raiding team. Why? Call it failure of intelligence or any other name but the purpose for which the intelligence funds were
set up are defeated. The question is: are the intelligence funds still needed by LGUs?
PNP Director General Roland dela Rosa was quick to admit that there was indeed a failure of intelligence on the part of the PNP to abort the twin blasts in Quiapo recently, killing an imam and several others. Are his men sleeping on the job or with the enemy like Supt. Nobleza? Sus.