• The PNP is ready for the new administration under Rodrigo Duterte
• PNP Chief Ricardo Marquez said he does not believe massive killings of criminals will take place once Duterte assumes the presidency
• Marquez said the PNP is ready to level up their anti-crime performance to meet Duterte’s deadline against criminality
Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ricardo Marquez said the PNP is ready to level up its anti-crime operations to meet the six-month target of the presumptive commander-in-chief to address criminality.
Marquez said the PNP is open to all inputs or suggestions on how to upgrade their anti-crime models.
“We have methodology and we welcome all inputs or suggestions on how to level up our anti-crime models,” the PNP chief was quoted as saying by The Daily Tribune during a press conference.
“We encourage our commanders to invite groups, leaders of groups impacted by crime so we could get their inputs, their perspective… their feedback. If our people are good enough, our interventions are really suitable to the problems. We keep our minds open,” he added.
He further said that solving criminality goes beyond law enforcement and the contribution of other pillars of the justice system is equality important.
“The contribution of other pillars will be as important as the contribution of the PNP,” he said.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the clear winner in the 2016 presidential elections, was known for his campaign promise to solve widespread criminality within six months, if he wins the presidency. He has openly said many times that he will order the police to kill criminals if they violently resist arrest and put the arresting officers’ lives in peril.
When asked about Duterte’s plan to kill criminals, Marquez said he does not believe massive killings of criminals will take place once Mayor Duterte assumes the presidency.
“He is a lawyer, he is a prosecutor. As a president, sa tingin ko walang mangyayaring ganun (I think nothing of that sort will happen),” he said.