[PHOTO- President Aquino, along with Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and former President Fidel Ramos, salutes the Philippine colors during the 77th founding anniversary of the AFP yesterday.

MANILA, DECEMBER 24, 2012 (PHILSTAR) Compared to previous administrations, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has never been so favored as it has been under his watch, President Aquino said yesterday.

Aquino cited the P28 billion allocated to the AFP for its modernization program in just the past 19 months.

Addressing the AFP on its 77th anniversary, the President and commander-in-chief said the military has been receiving so much support from his administration he might soon be accused of spoiling the AFP.

Aquino eschewed using the military jeep or “white carabao” for trooping the line and instead walked alongside top AFP officers as he saluted the troops.

In his past AFP-related speeches, Aquino said weeding out widespread corruption in his administration has so far resulted in record budget savings and surplus in a short span of time.

For one thing, the past administrations took 15 years to accumulate P33 billion for the AFP Modernization Program, but under his watch, P28 billion has already been collected in only 30 months since he took office in June 2010.

Headlines ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 The Commander-in-Chief bragged that the P28-billion allocation his government made is nearing that of his three predecessors over the last 15 years.

Aquino used as examples the two Hamilton class cutters the AFP acquired, the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, which is now patrolling Philippine territorial waters, and BRP Alcaraz that is now being refurbished.

This is apart from the housing program his administration has provided, not only to members of the AFP, but also to the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and Bureau of Fire Protection.

The housing program for both AFP and PNP could be finished by August 2013.

Now, running jokes about the “all air but no force” of the Philippine Air Force is a thing of the past. The same pun has been extended to the Philippine Coast Guard that was widely known to have “all coast but no guard.”

Aquino assured them that P75 billion is all allocated for the modernization of the AFP.

Armaments will also be upgraded to higher caliber firearms and fighting equipment.

“It is about time to put into retirement some of our old and antique military trucks to be replaced by more modern and faster means of transporting troops that would include modern tanks,” he said.

“Of course, we have to have more modern firearms and force protection equipment to protect our citizens,” he added. “Our sailors’ fear of getting infected by tetanus from our rusty ships have ended.”

He added the Navy should now start preparing its ports to accommodate modern warships that would be deployed to protect the country’s maritime domain.

Aquino was apparently referring to four modern warships that the Department of National Defense (DND) is negotiating to acquire from Italy.

Last week, Aquino signed into law the new decree that extends for 15 more years the revised Modernization Program of the AFP to make it at par with foreign government military capabilities.

Republic Act 10349 gives the AFP Modernization Program a budget of P75 million for the first five years. Aquino said this would “boost the AFP’s capability upgrade program as it shifts from internal to external defense capability.”

It also aims to institutionalize the defense system of management, which incorporates a collegial and collaborative planning and decision-making process by senior defense and military leaders.

Aquino said the new law also allows additional funding from public-private partnerships entered into by the DND as well as multi-year contracts.

Aside from this, it exempts from the value added tax and customs duties the sale of weapons, equipment, and ammunition to the AFP.

The law exempts from public bidding major defense purchases such as aircraft, vessels, tanks, armored vehicles, communications equipment and high-powered firearms. – Jaime Laude

Philippine National Police (PNP) new chief Director General Alan Purisima gets 4 Stars

MANILA -President Aquino has approved the promotion of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima to the 4-star rank, the highest grade in the PNP Officer Corps.

Purisima became the 18th chief of the 148,000-strong national police force on Monday, replacing PNP chief Nicanor Bartolome, who opted for early retirement.

The PNP chief said there has been a communication from the office of the President that his promotion had been signed shortly after the turnover of command last Dec. 17.

Purisima said his promotion would allow him to exercise his full authority and command as Chief PNP. He also announced a minor reshuffle, the first since he assumed office.

Director Ager Ontog was appointed as the new chief of the directorial staff or the No. 4 man. Purisima held the position before his appointment to the PNP top post.

Chief Superintendent Carmelo Valmoria, who used to head the CARAGA Police Regional Office (Region 13), was tapped to take over the Special Action Force (SAF).

Headlines ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 SAF chief Director Cipriano Querol was promoted as chief of the Directorate for Intelligence.

Earlier, Purisima said he would give premium to CODE-P during his administration, which stands for competence, organization development, discipline, excellence and professionalism.

PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. said the program was meant to establish a credible, efficient, effective and capable police force attuned with the integrated transformation program Patrol 2030.

Cerbo expressed belief that the present strategy will “bring to the fore a new breed of professional police officers who share one vision and common objectives to serve and protect the community.”

The spokesman also defended Purisima’s apparent aloofness with the media, saying all PNP chiefs have their own respective management styles.

Cerbo said the entire PNP would be one with Purisima in facing all the challenges which would come his way.

Meanwhile, the Abono party-list said yesterday that the newly appointed PNP chief can best handle peace and order in the country the way he did in Pangasinan when he was still the provincial director there.

“If General Purisima can maintain peace and order in Pangasinan when he was still the provincial director of the province, he can also effectively handle the peace and order situation in the nationwide level,” Abono chairman Rosendo So said.

“Purisima’s effective leadership and unblemished integrity as a public servant in the field of peace and order will serve the nation well,” So said.

“The overall peace and order situation in Pangasinan improved during the incumbency of Purisima. We are confident that he will be able to replicate this nationwide as the new PNP chief.”

So said that as head of the Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Response unit of PACER, Purisima was able to neutralize notorious kidnap-for-ransom syndicates.

Purisima previously headed the directorial staff of the PNP and was also appointed as head of the election task force of the PNP for the 2013 elections.

He once served as aide to the late President Corazon Aquino, mother of the President Noynoy. As a member of the Presidential Security Group (PSG), Purisima was tasked to guard Noynoy. – With Jose Rodel Clapano

Purisima: PNP no place for corrupt cops By Marlon Ramos Philippine Daily Inquirer 5:49 am | Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 3 273 153

Newly installed PNP Director General Alan Purisima

PURISIMA: “To those involved in corruption, get out now!”

That’s the first order of Alan Purisima, a close friend of President Aquino, issued Tuesday upon assuming the leadership of the Philippine National Police.

Purisima replaced Director General Nicanor Bartolome, who bowed out of service three months ahead of his mandatory retirement, at the President’s behest.

In his speech after he was sworn in as the 18th chief of the PNP, the former security aide of the President vowed to lead the policemen in treading Mr. Aquino’s matuwid na daan (straight path).

“We shall start by being true to ourselves. We shall start by espousing the truth and nothing but the truth. We should also stay true to our sworn duty to protect the people and fight for justice,” Purisima said at the turnover of command ceremonies at Camp Crame, headquarters of the 148,000-member PNP.

A graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (Class 1981), Purisima was a member of the Presidential Security Group assigned to protect the family of the late President Corazon Aquino.

At the age of 53, he will be one then longest-serving PNP chiefs. He will occupy the post until Nov. 21, 2015.

Worthy successor

In his speech, Bartolome said his replacement was a “worthy successor” and expressed confidence that Purisima “will carry on as well with the same dedication and commitment to the ideals of the police service.”

“As I carried on from where my predecessor left off, I now step down confident in the fact that I am relinquishing command over the PNP to an officer who has the same heart and passion for service,” Bartolome said.

Bartolome, who thanked the President for giving him the chance to lead the PNP for one year and three months, proudly noted that the national police was able to fully meet its requirement for short firearms during his tenure.

“I am pleased to say that accountability and transparency in the police force now characterize all stages of procurement,” he said.

“We focused on the continuous development of competencies, the enhancement of individual skills and specialization with a premium on investigation, resource management and disaster response skills.”

Bartolome turned emotional as he thanked his family and the retired members of his personal staff who, he said, “filled me with great and colorful memories of battles won and lost.”

Leadership agenda

Purisima spelled out his leadership agenda which, he said, would be anchored on defining the role of every police officer and enhancing their skills as law enforcers.

“We shall enhance the competence of each and every police officer. We shall undertake organization development and reforms. We shall instill discipline within the ranks,” he said.

He said the PNP under his command would also push for “excellence in the performance of our duties and institute professionalism at all levels of the organization.”

“Through this strategic focus, we will bring to the fore a new breed of professional police officers who share one vision and objectives. Professional police officers who are resolutely bonded by the PNP core values and principles,” Purisima said.

Under his watch, Purisima said the PNP would implement a “no multitasking policy and system” in all police units nationwide.

“This system … defines the role of each and every policeman, a role for every position that shall contribute to the overall attainment of the unit’s mission,” he said.

Purisima said he introduced this system and conducted an organization audit when he served as director of the National Capital Region Police Office from May 2011 until August this year.

“We found out that there were many weaknesses, such as duplication of jobs, unnecessary and tedious processes, too many personnel assigned to perform menial tasks and other dysfunctions which have encouraged inefficiency, delinquency and irregularity,” he said.

“How do we ensure we keep the organization’s cutting edge at its sharpest? We have to maintain our strategic focus.”

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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