PNP Rank Structure To Follow AFP Rank Structure?
There is a move in congress to change the rank structure of the Philippine
of the Philippines (AFP).
According to the senator, there is no need to change the PNP Rank structure
to be thesame as that of the military because the Philippine constitution
is very clear against it.
The constitution provides that the Philippine National police must be
civilian in character and any move to stay away from that may violate
this constitutional provision.
The public is now accustomed to the ranks of the Philippine National
Police and changing that will just confuse them.
Under the Philippine Constitution, a bill must generally go through
three readings on three separate days.
The bill, proposing the rank change is in its second reading in the
lower house of congress which means the entire text of the bill is
read and will be debated and amendments thereto may be introduced.
Then comes the third reading which simply means that the bill
shall be voted upon.
So many things will happen during that period. It may or may not
If it pass, the President may or may not veto it.
Congressman Romeo Acop of Antipolo, a former PNP Chief Superintendent,
in contradiction said that although the present rank used by the PNP
which is patterned after the western and European countries has
been in use for 20 years, the Filipino public is still accustomed to
the military ranks.
Remember that the former Philippine National Police Chief
Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa supported the move to change the rank
of the PNP to that of the AFP.