Surigao del Norte Rep.Robert Ace Barbers on Sunday expressed full support with National Police Commission vice chairperson Atty. Alberto Bernardo on the latter’s findings that the Philippine National Police (PNP) system of promotion and performance rating of anti-drug police operatives is seriously flawed.
The PNP promotion rating is said to be geared toward the number of arrests and seizures, leading to staged, fake, and fabricated “accomplishments” to the detriment of innocent people who languish in jail with trumped-up charges.
“Imagine, based on these fake accomplishments, the officers kept on being promoted until they are high up in the ladder and can control and influence the organization. They have become so accustomed to their illegal activities that they have become a big part of the whole drug syndicate. The promotion is just one part, the worst part is the reward, monetary as well as “saving” a huge chunk of the drug haul, as another form of rewarding themselves. This drug haul is called savings and ends up being recycled back in the streets,” he said.
“I wholly subscribe to the findings of the NAPOLCOM and I fully support their position. They can expect our full backing in the committee on dangerous drugs,” he added.