By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The Health Service of the Philippine National Police (PNP) is now finalizing its recommendations in the conduct of Psychiatric-Psychological Exam (PPE) to all PNP personnel amid cases of grave misconduct of some police officers, the recent was that of a police sergeant who went on a shooting rampage inside the Manila Police District headquarters.
PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo T Eleazar said the Health Service recommendations will be included in coming up with guidelines that would be observed in the regular assessment of the emotional and mental health state of all policemen.
“This recent incident at MPD, along with the previous ones, highlights the need for us to closely look into the overall state of our men. Hindi nagtatapos sa kung paano nila ginagawa ang kanilang trabaho, kasama dito ang pagtingin sa kanilang physical, emotional at lalo na ang kanilang mental state,” said PGen Eleazar.
PGen Eleazar earlier said that he was considering the conduct of Psychiatric-Psychological Exam (PPE) at least every three years as part of the effort to further improve the general welfare of PNP personnel, especially those involved in ground operations.
Late Friday night, Police Executive Master Sergeant Reynante Dipasupil engaged in a shooting rampage inside the MPD Headquarters which resulted in the death of a police sergeant and the wounding of another one.
Based on initial information, Dipasupil went to the MPD headquarters and started indiscriminately firing his weapon past 11 P.M. He shot Police Staff Sergeant Reynaldo Cordova, fired at the different offices including the office of MPD Director Police BGen Leo Francisco, which prompted elements of the MPD Special Weapons and Tactics team to try to neutralize him.
“Sinasaluduhan natin ang mga pulis na pumigil sa paga-amok nitong si Dipasupil, partikular si PMSG Romeo Cantal na nagbuwis ng kanyang buhay. We grieve with the family of Sgts. Dipasupil and Cantal and we assure them of our assistance, along with another policeman who was wounded during that attack,” said PGen Eleazar.
PGen Eleazar assured that the MPD is already conducting a thorough investigation of the incident. “Kailangan alamin ng MPD ang tunay na dahilan, bukod sa kalasingan, kung bakit nag-amok at namaril itong si PEMS Reynante Dipasupil ng kanyang mga kabaro.”
“The investigation I ordered on the unfortunate incident at the Manila Police District goes beyond the shooting as this includes other aspects such as possible mental health issues of all our personnel,” he added. (AI/MTVN)