Given the seemingly non-ending black-eyes that the Philippine National Police (PNP) is reeling from, one cannot help but wonder how it is to have a well-disciplined police force that the public can rely on.
The root of corruption in the police force is the mistaken belief that a police badge is a surefire ticket to achieve two of every macho man’s dreams: money and women.
Look at the stupid cops who pulled off a brazen day time robbery along Metro Manila’s busiest highway, EDSA. Thinking that their status as policeman can turn away CCTVs, they “intercepted” the helpless victims IN BROAD DAYLIGHT using vehicles registered in their names. This just show how much police officers are be so stupid just to earn a quick buck through criminality.
Look at the troubles that hound the Chief PNP himself, Gen. Allan Purisima whose critics say cannot pass his self-imposed lifestyle check. This is because of the alleged properties he has that could not have been bought by his salary as a policeman. Isn’t these accusations of graft and corruption charges (if true) are tell-tale signs of his love of material things.
And look at the latest PNP scandal, a virtually unknown sexy magazine model named Alyzza Agustin proudly name-dropped PNP General Alex Ignacio in order to avoid a traffic violation. If this is true, this idiotic incident did not only exposed influence peddling, it showed how easy it is for the strong and powerful police general to lure young, sexy and pretty (not necessary) women under his claws. Again if this is true, lowly police officers who have a penchant for women can always follow suit in using their influence, strength and stature to get women for free.
With this successive disgusting images of policemen there is a need to overhaul the national police force. This can be done by professionalising the police force by getting people who are dedicated to put public defense and service above everything else – even over their personal considerations (and weaknesses). A lot seriously doubt that this can be done.
But it can actually be done History will tell us that there was once a discipline group of people who prioritised the need of protecting their countrymen over anything else. These are the Spartan warriors who lived in boot camps and away from their wives until they are 60 years of age. They were near perfection when it comes to shaun the temptation of flesh and riches. For these warriors, it was the defence of their city state that is the highest priority.
Pop culture has also a suggestion on how our country to come up with a disciplined police force. In the popular TV sitcom, Games of Thrones, there are the Unsullied who were supposedly inspired by the Spartan warriors of the real world. They are brave warriors who are dedicated to their queen just like the Spartans who are loyal to their city state. To ensure their fierce and unbending character, the Unsulied are castrated and stripped of all material desires. They are contented to be name “Greyworm” etc. so they will not think much of themselves.
If the national police is required the same strict standards as the Spartans of old Greece or the Unsullied of the Games of Thrones, surely there will be no scalawags and womanisers.