Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:23
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday vowed to respect the decision of the government on the proposed sale of Camp Crame, its national headquarters.
PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said the PNP will support whatever the decision of the present administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III to improve police service.
”The PNP will abide, we will respect whatever the decision of the government leadership,” said Cruz.
There are proposals to have portions of Camp Crame and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) general headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo to be put on lease or for sale to generate funds.
Under the proposals, the PNP and the AFP would get part of the proceeds should the lease or sale pushes through to fund their respective modernization programs.
”If the proposed transfer or sale of properties will redound to better police service…or the proceeds are for additional equipment, additional trainings and other assets for the PNP, that would be better,” said Cruz.
Cruz, however, stressed that, ideally, the PNP headquarters should maintain its presence in the capital region to properly perform its mandate in protecting the communities against lawless elements.
”Traditionally, police stations are located in the center of the communities unlike other government agencies that can be relocated to far places,” said Cruz.
In this light, Cruz said the idea of having a high-rise headquarters in Metro Manila if ever Camp Crame would be leased out or sold cropped up if only to maintain heavy PNP presence in the capital region.
However, the proposed lease and sale of Camp Crame still has to address the issue about the donors of portion of the lot, the Ortigas family.
Under the deed of donation, the lot should only be used as camp and should not be leased out commercially or sold by the government. (PNA/PAI9-BST)
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