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PNP reform bill tinabla ni PBBM

MANILA, Philippines- Vineto ni Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. ang panukalang Philippine National Police (PNP) Organizational Reforms Act.

“While this administration recognizes the laudable objectives of the bill, I cannot approve it because the provisions run counter to administrative policy and efficiency,” ani Marcos sa kanyang veto message. 

Pahayag niya, kailangan niyang matiyak na matutupad ng panukalang ito ang ang mga kinakailangang reporma; makatalima sa civil service laws, salary standardization policies, at base pay schedules; at makasunod sa administrative budgetary policies.  

“In addition, the bill must be supportive of the programs and policy aspirations of the present and future administrations, among which is the proposed National Government Rightsizing Program,” dagdag ni Marcos.

“The grant of Salary Grade 21 to PNPA Cadets will distort the base pay schedule of the Military and Uniformed Personnel (MUP) by creating disparity among the several government cadetship programs. At any rate, the grant is visibly higher than the base pay the cadets will receive after graduation and appointment as Police Lieutenants,” paliwanag ng Pangulo.

“Different offices performing the same or related functions, all headed by high-ranking officials, will definitely be counterproductive and will defeat the purpose of enhancing the span of supervision and administrative control of the PNP Chief.”

“Instead of coordinated working relationships, the result may be bureaucratic inefficiencies. We cannot allow the organization to be bloated and overstaffed with the creation of redundant, overlapping, and ambiguous offices,” aniya pa.

Tinutulan din ng Pangulo ang paglikha ng dalawang hiwalay na liaison offices na pamumunuan ng  tig-isang Police Brigadier General sa panukala. Giit niya, ito ay “plainly unwarranted.”

Samantala, ang paglalagay sa National Operational Support Units ng Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group na naglalayong tugisin ang mga pulis na sangkot sa mga ilegal na aktibidad ay maaari umanong magresulta sa pagkuwestiyon sa kalayaan nito.

“There can be no true reform if these issues are not prioritized,” giit ni Marcos. 

Binanggit pa ng Pangulo ang posibleng panghihimasok ng National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) sa tungkulin ng Civil Service Commission (CSC) sa ilalim ng panukala.

Dagdag pa, hindi sinang-ayunan ng Punong Ehekutibo ang probisyon sa retroactive application ng panukala.

“It needs clarifications and omits comprehensible standards. For instance, what are the rights and benefits contemplated and how can the rights and benefits be retroactively applied to individuals who had already been separated from service? The provision may breed confusion,” giit ni Marcos.

“With all due respect to Congress, this bill should not be a missed opportunity to implement genuine transformative reforms that will allow the PNP to be more effective and efficient in the performance of its mandate to maintain peace and order, protect lives, and ensure public safety. In view of these considerations, I am constrained to veto the above-mentioned Enrolled Bill,” patuloy niya.

Nilalayon ng panukalang amyendahan ang Philippine National Police Reforms and Reorganizational Act of 1998. RNT/SA