Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde has reminded his personnel to prioritize their own safety and the civilians’ when conducting anti-illegal drug and anti-criminality operations to avoid becoming casualties.
He also admitted that not all cops on the ground have proper gear, such as protective vest and head gear, when conducting their operations. This, he said, often results in casualties during armed encounters.
“In the police force, it is a must that all members of an operating unit are wearing protective gear although we cannot really assure that it is being followed. The ones who have the equipment are those belonging to the special units of the PNP,” Albayalde said.
According to Albayalde, he is planning to allot additional funding for the procurement of protective gears as well as additional firearms to boost the firepower of the PNP.
“We will not stop, if possible we will double, triple our efforts because the campaign against illegal drugs has been proven effective. Just take a look at the crime rate in the Metro Manila, it has decreased significantly,” he said.
The police’s capability enhancement program includes the use of drones for surveillance and intelligence operations.
Albayalde also appealed to the public to report any crime, and even erring cops to him through the PNP’s hotline which he now calls ‘I-report mo kay Chief Oca.’
“It is still the same with General Dela Rosa’s hotline, 2286 and 2920 because that is the standard number of the PNP,” he said.