Honasan Sees Need to Reengineer Law Enforcement System

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Honasan Sees Need to Reengineer Law Enforcement System


MANILA, Philippines (PNA) -- Senator Gregorio 'Gringo' Honasan stressed on Wednesday the need to reengineer the entire law enforcement structure to resolve the spate of criminality capped by a bus bombing incident in Makati City on Tuesday."So much needs to be done in terms of reengineering the entire law enforcement structure," Honasan said after the Senate hearings on the overall peace and order situation in the country at the Senate session hall.After the first Senate public hearing, Honasan said there is still no clear answers yet from the Philippine National Police (PNP) as well as from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as to the reasons behind the carjack-slayings, killing of a broadcaster and the Tuesday bombing along EDSA."At the moment, we will not prematurely contaminate from these theories with the partisan political elements. We don't want to exacerbate an already complex problem," Honasan said.Honasan said the present situation requires the participation not only by the law enforcers but by the whole citizenry including the lawmakers."We all become negligent. We can't be complacent. People die. We want to be proactive, preventive to avoid this incidents from happening again in the future. We don't want to blame the PNP. They are the one there but have we given them the adequate support through the law or material supports," Honasan said.Honasan said the potential of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) should be harnessed under the existing agreement with the Department of Justice (DoJ), Department of National Defense (DND) and DILG in solving the alarming crimes in the country.During the hearing, PNP chief Gen. Raul Bacalzo said they have some names as possible suspects but preferred to divulge the information through an executive session. …

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