PNP’s Hawaii Five-O?
I got this paper titled, “Unmasking the Hawaii Five-O” from a source in the Philippine National Police. I am sure PNP Chief Jesus Versoza who is assured of staying on under the Aquino administration knows about the existence of this group in the police organization.
I was given names composing the group. The one that got my attention was that of Chief Superintendent Leocadio Santiago, Jr. commander of the Special Action Force. I remember him because he was the one who ordered that media be handcuffed during the Nov. 29, 2007 Manila Peninsula incident.
The cry for genuine reforms of the people behind this paper is clear enough:
“President Noynoy Aquino and his Secretary of Interior and Local Government should not be misled into signing the appointments of some top police officials with questionable credibility in the wake of the impending revamp in the Philippine National Police.
“ Even while the slate of those who are to be appointed in important positions in the PNP is still on the drawing board, a dubious group of senior police officials known as the “Hawaii Five-O” are reportedly creeping their way into the Aquino Administration.
“The “Hawaii Five-O” group got its name for their trip to Hawaii, an escapade led by SILG Ronnie Puno where, far and hidden from public view, they formulated dubious schemes to manipulate the results of just concluded 2010 elections, to penetrate the core group and establish a pipeline to the elected president (this time it’s P-Noy), and other money making schemes.
“The “Hawaii Five-O” group is unpopular in the PNP not only for reason that they are branded as bootlickers of outgoing Sec. Puno but because they have prostituted the appointment and placement system of senior officers in various important positions in the organization.
“Right now, their scheme is to drill lies in the minds of people inside P-Noy’s camp that it was their group who were responsible for the success of the 2010 elections—that P-Noy owes them for saving him from an assassination attempt during the last elections. These officials are dangerous lots. What do they take P-Noy for? A fool who will believe them and reward them with another juicy position in the PNP under his administration?
“If P-Noy will just keep his ears close to the ground, he would hear the rumbling of the PNP’s officer corps; many of them competent officers who were sidetracked in the promotion and assignment to important position by Sec. Puno in favor of his favorites among the “Hawaii Five-O” group. There is now a common fear that this group will be given new juicy positions under the Aquino Administration. One of the members of the group is being groomed to become the regional director of NCRPO, the others are being prepositioned as commanders of the Directorate for Intelligence, the Intelligence Group, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, while one is already a regional director for a regional police office that is close to Metro Manila.
“P-Noy must be forewarned to be careful in dealing with these wolves in sheep’s hides. What they deserve is not another key assignment but rather they should be subjected to lifestyle check when the new administration comes in.
“The advent of P-Noy’s administration carries with it the fervor of the officer corps to once and for all forgo with the moribund practices that has been pestering the police organization. Firstly, P-Noy must put a stop to the despicable revolving door policy in the PNP, the uncalled-for appointments of general who are set to retire in 6 months time to important and sensitive positions. This does not only violate the existing laws and regulations in the PNP, but more so, it retards the career growth of other more deserving and competent police officials. Besides, what else could a general do in the last six months of his stay in the service than fatten his pocket?
“The revolving door policy does not only undermine professionalism and morale on the part of the affected policemen. To a large extent, it suffers also the entire peace and order campaign of the government in all respects. For how would you expect a demoralized law enforcement organization to enforce justice in the country when it cannot uphold justice to its own ranks especially in the appointment of more deserving officials?
“No amount of seminar workshop on Transformation Program, not even billions of pesos that fund its various thrust programs would suffice to substantiate the efforts towards genuine reform lest the revolving door policy and the malevolent “Hawaii Five-O” group are severed from the organization.
“The PNP under the Aquino Administration must start on the right footing to enable the TP to take its first flight towards genuine reform. The reform program of the PNP will certainly suffer another six years of oblivion if P-Noy will allow the “Hawaii Five-O” group who had done nothing in the PNP except to serve their interest and occupy sensitive positions in the organization.
“What P-Noy must do as soon as he took the helm of this government is to immediately appoint well deserving officers known for their professionalism, credibility, and acceptability so that the vision of the TP can be immediately felt.
“P-Noy’s battle cry in fighting corruption is ‘Itama ang mali, alisin ang tiwali.’ This is not just about getting important positions. This is about setting things right and clearing the way once and for all for reform to take place in the PNP.
“Let the position seek the man, not the man seeking the position.”