Police chief Alan Purisima in utter denial of the Philippines’ crooked police force

If it weren’t for all the “positive thinkers” that inhabit social media, one would see the reality for what it is: the Philippines is on the verge of anarchy. Perhaps it already is in a state of anarchy. But it is a strange kind of anarchy — one where the peace (by Third World standards that is) is held together by an ancient tribal padrino code rather than a modern state-level approach to governance.

Much to prove: Philippine police chief Alan Purisima

Much to prove: Philippine police chief Alan Purisima

Back in 2013 I wrote how there now is just nobody to turn to for solutions. I was, at the time, referring to the vast institutionalised thievery perpetrated by the mutual-backscratching tandem of the Philippine government’s Executive and Legislative branches. The Executive branch headed by the President coughs up and distributes the loot while the Legislative branch (Philippine Congress) provides a virtual blanket of immunity to protect their gravy train. Cut out of the loop is, as always, the average Filipino schmoe who can only stand back and watch as farcical “investigations” and “inquiries” into these shenanigans are staged and beamed into their living rooms.

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I further wrote back then…

The scale of the thievery, the adeptness with which politicians verbally sidestep the inquiries, the political debt owed by auditors and police agencies to the very thieves they are supposedly investigating, and the maddeningly disparate levels of comprehension different cliques of Filipinos apply in the way they regard the issues makes it very difficult to pin down a common rallying point around which the Filipino public might move forward with resolving this crisis.

As our old-timers have observed, this time walang masumbungan. Everybody who has the power to do something is complicit or on the Mob payroll.

That was 2013. Fast forward to today and I could (as I just did) simply copy and paste the above snippet onto an article (which I now write) that describes the comfy space that Philippine Police chief Alan Purisima now occupies. We recall back in 2013 that no less than Philippine Congress struck fear and loathing in the hearts of every Filipino as it came to light that it was the country’s biggest criminal syndicate. Now, 2014, we see that the Philippine Police itself is just as crooked. The really bad thing about this is that, unlike our fat porky senators and House representatives, police officers are armed, dangerous, and present a direct physical threat to the safety and wellbeing of ordinary Filipinos.

Look no further than the plight of seemingly ordinary businessmen that were kidnapped and robbed in a planned attack perpetrated by a crooked La Loma police team (yes, an entire precinct) in early September. That single incident makes it clearly evident that no Filipino is safe from their own police force.

Cops hijacking private vehicles: Filipinos live in fear of their own police force.

Cops hijacking private vehicles: Filipinos live in fear of their own police force.

From the bad, it turned hilarious with the recent “Please Assist” Scandal involving “Police Director for Plans” Alexander Ignacio which erupted after FHM “100% hottie” Alyzza Agustin bragged on Facebook about being let off from a traffic violation thanks to one of them get-out-of-jail passes that ranking police officers routinely issue to their extrang asawas. Allegedly.

We need not mention, of course, what got Purisima in hot water to begin with — his discounted SUV and his freeby “mansion”, among others. That stuff’s got enough media coverage as it is. But like police criminality and “Please Assist” traditions, thievin’ generals and police chiefs are nothing new to Filipinos either.

Thus Purisima remains clearly delusional despite the reality of the profound dysfunction and incompetence of the Philippine National Police (PNP) staring him in the face. A tweet he fielded today proved his sad mental condition…

Kung may alam po kayong iba pang katiwalian sa inyong PNP, isumbong nyo po sa akin. Patutunayan ko sa inyo na hindi ako puro salita lamang.


“If any of you are aware of any other indiscretions in your PNP, let me know. I will prove to you all that I am not just all talk.”

Well, Mister Police “director” (with a small “d”), a 2-year stint as the top police guy that started in 2012 should have been enough time to prove yourself. So this tweet is just so sad. You can talk all you want about proving yourself in the coming months. But the fact remains that you did no such thing over the past two years.

Interestingly, we have social media to thank for the “exposure” of the worst-kept secrets about the Philippines’ national police force — that police officers routinely steal from the people they are supposed to protect and coddle those who they love to snuggle (hopefully without a struggle). But like pork barrel thievery, police criminality has been an accepted fact of life in the Philippines since time immemorial. So equally funny (more like eyesroll-inducing) is the way Filipinos today recoil in horror about all this. Filipinos also need to be reminded that tolerance for crooked politicians and police officers ultimately originates from the very underbelly of the very society they constitute. As such, everyone is guilty of these national crimes.

8 Replies to “Police chief Alan Purisima in utter denial of the Philippines’ crooked police force”

  1. so you find that your police is corrupt to the bone, and you want to overthrow your police chief, or sack the entire police force for that matter, and you find that they are being coddled by the chief executive himself. So short of razing every police station in the country and wrecking their equipment, the most constitutional and “civil” solution would therefore be to vote the arse out of that baldy in Malacañang. He’s clearly the coddler in chief. Though really, I bet it would be very satisfying to clandestinely lob a Molotov cocktail in at that la loma precint. Why hasn’t anybody done it?

  2. We had the Euro Generals. Now, we have the Mafia-type Police Force. The Godfather is Aquino, himself. Purisima is just one of his Bosses, in this criminal syndicate.

    We have the accept the PNP is corrupt. Purisima has several mansions; and a discounted luxury car.

    Extortion, outright robbery, kidnapping, etc…are just of the sources of illicit funds of these crooks. Police becomes Criminals, and the Criminals become Police.
    Some have many wives and families to support.
    Traffic is worse in our country; because you can just grease the palm of a traffic Police, if you get caught in a traffic violation. So, nobody cares to follow traffic rules.

  3. NO, the guilty are the guilty. Just because Joe Average guy doesn’t want to get thrown in a stinking ass Filippine jail cell for standing up to the thieves doesn’t make Joe A.’s inaction complicity , it does not.

    DO YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR? only if your lucky.
    Wanna step out of line and get run over? OK, cross the people in power.
    YOU TOO CAN END UP DUMPED ON AN AIRPORT TARMAC, or an even less glamorous place ,go ahead.
    Change will come about when 10,000 Ninoys are willing to die immediately, and actually do so.Then and only then.The thieves know it and they also know that ,deep down, Filipino’s are pussies.

    1. I think Benigno Aquino’s death is a calculated suicide. See the result they still have the Hacienda Luisita plus a hundred fold of additional wealth and they manage to put in Malacañang two unqualified individuals to lead the country. The result? The Philippines did not only went to the Dogs but to the Pigs as well.

    1. The Hacienda Luisita Swines are walking on their Hind Legs, feasting on Pork Barrels, DAP, PDAF,etc…they have taken over the Swine Farm…

  4. Purisima is a lying, insane, fact-denying, fantasy-world living huge smelly pile of excrement. Now if we could only say this to his face?

    To not have this POS held accountable by the President for at the very least gross incompetence (really, not knowing that a significant number of Philippine cops are soulless criminals and not undertaking reform measures) and at worst outright corruption is equally excremental (shitty) and criminal.

    But we let this crap slide so as the author says we to a certain extent do it to ourselves.

    1. @ Triple R, No way….no one is letting the guy ‘slide’, Joe li’l guy can do nothing about it.The elections are rigged, etc, etc…the only way out is via the ‘Robes-pierre Route’, that is all, and Filipino’s are not capable of it.

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