Recto wants 2017 Budget to arm 16,000 ‘gunless cops’

  • Sen. Ralph Recto is urging additional funds for the PNP in the 2017 National Budget
  • This will be used to arm more than 16,000 ‘gunless’ cops and hire around 24,000 new officers
  • The 2017 National Budget will be the first to be passed under the Duterte administration

Senator Ralph Recto wants to include provisions in the 2017 National Budget that would fund the purchase of firearms for more than 16,000 “gunless” policemen.

Recto said that the 2017 National Budget, which will be the first to be passed under the Duterte administration, should be aimed at improving the government’s ongoing law and order campaign that “will not just focus on illegal drugs but on other crimes as well.”

The Senator cited a Commission on Audit (COA) report on the Philippine National Police (PNP) which said that there are currently 16,140 cops who have not yet been issued their service pistol. He also noted that at least 623 police officers were using “donated” guns while an additional 3,654 policemen had not been accounted for ever been issued their service pistol.

“The PNP has not attained a 100 percent issuance of short firearm to PNP uniformed personnel required,” the COA report said, according to the statement issued by Senator Recto.

In addition, increased funding for the PNP could also be used to fill in an additional 23,820 positions that are still currently vacant in the police force.

This would translate to 12 additional policemen for each of the nation’s 1,489 and 45 more for every one of the country’s 145 cities.

“Malaking bagay ang dagdag na pulis. Lahat ng bayan at siyudad sa Pilipinas nagrereklamo na kulang sila sa pulis. ‘Yung mga pulis na ma-rerecruit natin, i-deploy natin sa mga komunidad. Hayaan nating magpatrolya para kapag nakita sila ng mga kriminal, may deterrent effect. [It is a big deal to have additional police. All towns and cities in the Philippines are complaining about having lacking policemen. The police that we can recruit, we will deploy to our communities. Allow them to do patrols so when they are seen by the criminals, there will be a deterrent effect],” he explained.