SFPD cuts ties with PNP due to controversial Philippine War on Drugs

SAN FRANCISCO – The Philippine Exchange Training Program has been cut short after a 16-year relationship between officers of the San Francisco Police Department and the Philippine National Police.

Interim Chief Toney Chaplin decided to stop the program due to “concerns over allegations of civil rights and human rights violations in the Philippines” in relation to President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, according to the SFPD.

More than 3,000 have been reportedly killed since President Duterte took office in June.

The SFPD says that while the program has stopped, it is only a suspension.

Officer Robert Rueca said, “This program can certainly be reinstated under the current conditions and controversies surrounding that. It’s not going to be reinstated until those allegations have been cleared and the policies of the policing tactics were parallel with that as a department. We certainly do not want to infringe on people’s civil rights in this country and we wouldn’t want to promote that in any other place.”

The program was started by members of the Filipino American Law Enforcement Officers Association or FALEO.

Retired SFPD Lieutenant Eric Quema who helps facilitate the program says he accepts the chief’s decision on the suspension.

“At this point in time I can’t blame him for making that decision based on the political climate and the outcry going on,” said Quema. “He made the only decision he could make. Of course it’s disappointing for those of us that go there for the purely good-will reasons but we have to abide by the rule of the chief.”

The Philippine Exchange Training Program is a two-week course where members of the SFPD volunteer to travel to the Philippines to teach officers of the PNP the most current up-to-date techniques in police enforcement and tactics.

Quema said, “(The PNP) won’t be losing anything material but they’ll be losing the knowledge and the experience and training that we are getting here which they are not cable of coming over here. It’s too hard for them. So we bring it to them.”

The SFPD has not received any response from the PNP following the suspension of the program, according to Ofc. Rueca.

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  • h
    27 October 2016 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Oh well you have to all wait 6 years when Philippines have a new president, and go back to the real life of Philippines as was before the new president. That’s why a lot of people don’t want to visit Philippines right now, but will wait until the Philippines have a new president in 6 years.

  • kikay pango
    28 October 2016 at 6:02 am - Reply

    SFPD finally realized its a waste of time and money to trained a police force lacking of qualifications and ability to learn .