• Sen. Panfilo Lacson files a bill which removes the power of mayors and governors to appoint local chiefs of police in their locality
  • Senate Bill 971 aims to professionalize the police force by isolating them from politics
  • The bill allows a governor to concentrate on overseeing the provincial public safety plan implementation

Sen. Panfilo Lacson has filed a bill that strips the power of mayors and governors to appoint their respective local chiefs of police.

Lacson said that Senate Bill 971 is not only aimed at isolating the Philippine National Police from politics but allows the governor to concentrate on overseeing the provincial public safety plan implementation, as well, an article published by GMA News Online mentioned.

Under the bill which is titled “An Act to Further Professionalize the Police Service Amending for the Purpose Pertinent Provisions of Republic Act No. 6975 as amended by Republic Act No. 8551 and for Other Purposes,” the PNP regional director will now have the authority to choose the provincial/district police director.

On the other hand, the provincial/district police directors will have the chance to choose the city and town chiefs of police.

At present, the law considers governors and mayors as deputized representatives of the National Police Commission in their respective territorial jurisdictions.

As such, governors have the power to choose the police provincial director and mayors having the authority to choose the local city or town chief of police.

However, under Lacson’s bill, provincial/district police directors will be selected by the regional director from a list of three qualified candidates recommended by the PNP Senior Officers Placement and Promotion Board.

The chiefs of police of towns and cities, on the other hand, will be chosen by the provincial/district director from a list of five qualified candidates recommended by the PNP Senior Officers Placement and Promotion Board.

In addition to this, chiefs of police of highly urbanized cities and independent component cities, as well as district directors of the Metro Manila police, will be chosen by the regional director under the same conditions.

“While the constitutionality of such appointive jurisdiction is a settled question, nothing prevents the Congress from reviewing the wisdom and logic behind said policy in order to further enhance police professionalism and to isolate the police service from political domination,” Lacson’s bill partly reads.