The enforcement of checkpoints is just part of the anti-criminality campaign of the Philippine National Police.
Despite its dismantling, it won’t have a negative effect on the fight of the PNP against crime.
PNP Directorate for Operations P/CSupt. Camilo Cascolan said, they have mobile checkpoints that would replace fixed checkpoints.
Cascolan said with the mobile checkpoints, the PNP is focused on the enforcement of foot patrol and police visibility.
“The implementation of checkpoints is just one of the factors that help in ensuring peace and order. But there are many others like the mobile patrol, and beat patrol. Those are the visibility patrols that we always do,” said Cascolan.
The police officials also warned that cops who will be caught sleeping inside the mobile checkpoints will face charges.
“Report them immediately and we’ll file charges against them. We’ll place them under PHAU and will face charges,” Cascolan said.
However, the general said the police might still put fixed and mobile checkpoints in places needed to be cordoned off due to several situations like when there’s an intelligence report on criminal presence, or when there’s a case operational plan in the area.
“This is what happens when we have to cover the entire area. So that the criminals who are riding-in-tandem, terrorists, other criminals, or those committing felonies will be prevented from entering and leaving a place.”
Amid the dismantling of checkpoints across the country, the PNP allayed fears, assuring the public that they won’t neglect their duties and that they will double their effort in increasing police visibility and patrols to ensure the safety of the public. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue