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Lacson backs dismantling of police checkpoints

Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson rallied yesterday behind President Duterte’s order to dismantle police checkpoints nationwide, lamenting that fixed checkpoints have become a fertile ground for police extortion.

“Fixed checkpoints are a breeding place for extorting policemen. They should not have been deployed in the first place. I myself dismantled all fixed checkpoints when I was CPNP and we were very successful in our anti-kotong operations. Legitimate traders of goods were very thankful and appreciative during those times,” Lacson said a day after the Chief Executive directed the dismantling of all police checkpoints nationwide.

However, the former Philippine National Police chief proposed that mobile checkpoints be retained, and even enhanced to complement the President’s war on illegal drugs and firearm smuggling.

“Mobile checkpoints are more effective since they are not expected by those who transport illegal drugs, firearms, and other contrabands. Hence, they should be retained, even enhanced,” Lacson said.

Duterte issued the order during the launching of the Comprehensive Reform and Development Agenda at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City.

He mentioned that the security checkpoints of the Philippine Army, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and the Philippine National Police have caused travel delays in Mindanao.

Duterte said instead of causing delays for travelers, checkpoints should be set up for a particular purpose, like when running after high-value targets or suspects. (Charissa M. Luci)

comments
  • Soul_Sucker_1

    ugok din itong si lakson eh…mas maige na ang may tsekpoynt…

    • roel

      Uniformed personnel ka ba? do u know what u are talking about? Show me your psbrc cert then may be i’ll consider following urs

      • Soul_Sucker_1

        UGOK KA KASING MANGMANG KA…EH ONE SIDED LANG ANG IYONG UTAK..
        DI MO NAKIKITA ANG MAGAGANDANG RESULTA NG MAY TSEKPOYT..
        DAPAT NGA JAN EH NAKASTEADY NA SILA JAN SA TSKEKPOYTN

        • roel

          Eh ikaw kaya mag-checkpoint para makasama mo ang iilang gunggong na pulis kagaya mong nanghihingi ng pera sa mga biyahero…Nakikita ko nangyayari kaya wala kang alam..Mas mabuti pa ang roving patrol kaysa checkpoint kasi gunggong alam ng mga criminal kung saan hindi dapat sila dumaan…Ang laki mong tanga…Titikman mo pa ba ang tae kung alam mo nga tae???or tatapak ka pa rin sa lugar na may tae…

        • roel

          Kaysa paupuin kami sa mga walang kwentang inspection na yan e mas makabubuti na kami ay maglalagalag na lang…police visibilty!!!naiintindihan mo ba gunggong?!

          • Soul_Sucker_1

            DAPAT IKAW AY HINDI NAGPULIS NA TANGANG UGOK KA KUNG GANYAN ANG KATWIRAN MO…GAMITIN MO SA UTAK YANG BARIL MO PARA NAMAN GUMANA ANG ULO MO..