Duterte's Spokesperson: Duterte will prioritize the reform of PNP
One of the previous interview made by Manny Pinol. Duterte has already stated there his plans in PNP if he become the president.
"The Constitution says the Philippine National Police is civilian in nature but policemen are made to fight counter-insurgency wars," Duterte pointed out.
He said there is a need to review the PNP law in the light of his advocacy for Federalism, a change in the country's political system which could call for the organization of regional police forces for each Federal State.
"The Philippine National Police Academy is a big let-down. Many of its products have not lived up to the expectation of the people,' he said.
"Corruption starts at the recruitment process where applicants are made to cough up huge amounts just so they could be accepted into the police force," he
Answering the hypothetical question "What would you do if you agree to become President?," Duterte enumerated four things:
1. Reform the recruitment process for police applicants to ensure that not a single officer has the final say on "Who's in, who's out."
2. Reform the promotions process so that officers are promoted through their achievements which will be evaluated by an officers' promotions board to free policemen from political influence in their career.
3. Review the mandate of the Philippine police to ensure that they are only made to fight criminality and ensure that the citizens are protected safe and not engaged in an insurgency campaign.
4. Upgrade the pay level and benefits of the country's policemen (including the armed forces members, he said) so that the temptation of corruption is reduced.
"When you have done this, then you have all the reasons to pounce hard on erring policemen," Duterte said.