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Puro kill kasi! Koko wants Bato, PNP to get crime-solving training from US, EU, Japan

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Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Tuesday sought for outside help for the Bato dela Rosa and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to improve the competence of the national police force, specifically their crime-solving skills.

Pimentel is interested in securing assistance from “friendly” countries with highly-regarded police forces, such as the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, and other members of the European Union.

“The country continues to suffer from ‘deaths under investigation’ without seeing suspects arrested, charged, and sentenced in court. If the PNP cannot improve itself, it should consider outside assistance”, said Pimentel in a statement.

“Maybe we can bring in experts from truly professional police forces such as the Scotland Yard or the FBI to teach our policemen the basics of police work, respect for human rights, and how to obey the law.”

The Senate leader has previously called out the PNP for its inability to solve crimes and the involvement of its members in perpetrating crimes.

Pimentel, who pushed for the passage of Joint Resolution No. 1, series of 2018, which increased the base pay of military, police, and uniformed personnel, wanted the public to get their money’s worth in the form of improved service from the police.

The Senate President said, “We increased the salaries of policemen. We approved funds for training police officers. We made sure the PNP budget is sufficient. We want to see the PNP deliver on its end of the bargain. Make us feel safe. Catch criminals. Solve crime.”

The Senate President, who sponsored the NBI Modernization Law, last year proposed a VFA (Visiting Forces Agreement)-style agreement to help train the PNP.