President Aquino vows for more PNP trainings

September 10, 2010 9:14 am 

MANILA, Sept. 9 — President Benigno S. Aquino III assured the holding of more trainings to members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to sharpen their response to crisis situations nationwide.

"We'll increase the capability of our existing units," he said Thursday during a live media panel interview in Malacanang.

He said providing PNP the training it needs will enhance police operations for resolving crisis situations with minimal or no death and destruction.

The President wants PNP training to be undertaken regularly – possibly monthly or even bi-monthly – so police operatives can be always prepared to handle crisis incidents.

"Such training will help keep them at razor's edge," he said.

President Aquino gave his assurance amidst criticism the government continued to receive for the Aug. 23 Manila hostage crisis' deadly ending.

There are observations PNP's seeming incapability for resolving such crisis, and its lack of logistics for this operation, contributed to the tragedy.

Such crisis ended with the death of hostage-taker dismissed PNP senior inspector Rolando Mendoza – who demanded his reinstatement in the force – and eight of the Hong Kong visitors he held hostage inside a tourist bus.

President Aquino committed to continuously address inadequacies in PNP so this agency can truly be effective in safeguarding the public.

"I won't stop," he said.

To complement the capability enhancement bid for PNP, Aquino earlier ordered a review of the agency's bidding and awarding protocols.

He said this aims to help ensure PNP acquires only equipment and other logistics that meet standards so police operatives can respond better to crisis situations nationwide.

"I'm awaiting results on the matter," he said.

President Aquino said the review is due, adding that he discovered in PNP's Taguig City warehouse proof meriting inquiry into the agency's bidding, awarding and purchasing activities.

Among such proof is quality of PNP's existing stock of bullet-proof vests, which he said must meet National Institute of Justice specifications.

Several observers noted PNP operatives tasked with ending last month's controversial hostage-taking incident lacked the logistics needed to properly carry out their respective assignments then.

These logistics include gas masks, ladders, night vision goggles and other equipment for police operations. (PNA) RMA/CJT/mec

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