Urgency to reconstruct the NAPOLCOM's requirements for Police Officers.

Urgency to reconstruct the NAPOLCOM's requirements for Police Officers.

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Christian Rey Bonifacio started this petition to SENATE COMMITTEE ON CIVIL SERVICE, GOVERNMENT REORGANIZATION AND PROFESSIONAL REGULATION. and

Why should we tighten up the requirements to becoming policemen/woman?


It is never too late to post this, a constructive criticism about the requisites of being a law enforcer in the Philippines. There are instances that the police officers who are expected to enforce or implement the law, they are the law breaker themselves. Don't take this the wrong way, I am not generalizing. I am delighted that we still have police officers whose objective is to serve and protect without the malice of politics.


But this isn't really what I would like to talk about. I would like to talk about the current requisites or the standards set by NAPOLCOM. What are the requirements anyway?


• A citizen of the Philippines;


• A person of good moral character;


• Must have passed the psychiatric/psychological, drug and physical tests to be administered by the PNP;


• Must possess a formal baccalaureate degree from a recognized learning institution;


Must have any of the following basic eligibility requirements:


• PNP Entrance Exam (NAPOLCOM)


• RA No. 1080 (Bar and Board Examinations)


• PD No. 907 (CS eligibility to College Honor Graduates)


• Must not have been dishonorably discharged from military employment or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government;


• Must not have been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude;


• Must be at least one meter and sixty-two centimeters (1.62m) in height for male and one meter and fifty-seven centimeters (1.57m);


• Must weigh not more or less than five kilograms (5kg) from the standard weight corresponding to his/her weight, age, and sex; and


• Must not be less than twenty-one (21) or more than thirty (30) years of age.


This is from section 30 of Republic act 6975 which was amended by RA 8551 in February 1998.


I believe it is germane to call to amendment of the mentioned RA. Peradventure, it is time to have the neurological/psychiatric regularly. We don't want to give permit to carry to policemen with anger management issues, as we know that is deleterious to public. Maximum tolerance must be observed at all times, but I know there are circumstances that the use of force is essential. Background investigation must be adhered to ensure the good moral of the applicant. According to HRW in their article Killings in Philippines Up 50 Percent During Pandemic "Human Rights Watch analyzed the government’s statistics and found 155 persons were killed in the past four months. Before the Covid-19 crisis, police killed 103 persons from December 2019 to March 2020." This could have been circumvented if we have regular psychiatric evaluation to know if a current/applicant is mentally fit to operate.


A gun can either save lives or kill one, but we don't want the latter to prevail. Let's prevent brutality and call for a change.

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