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PNP Chief, Director General Alan Purisima, enters his first tweet as he launched his personal Twitter account (@alanlpurisima). He wrote “Serbisyong Makakatotohanan, Para Sa Bayan.” As of posting he had gained over 300 followers Jamie Marie Elona/INQUIRER.net.

MANILA, Philippines—Philippines National Police Director General Alan Purisima is now tweeting.

@AlanLPurisima, the PNP chief’s personal Twitter account, was launched Friday by the country’s top cop himself, even as he struggles to type and look for the @ symbol.

It’s his first foray into social media and he’s not embarrassed to admit it.

“What’s social media?” Purisima asked reporters when they wanted to know if his Twitter account was his first social media account. He was told that social media included Facebook.

“Ah Facebook! I had an account but that was fake,” he said laughing. The PNP had immediately taken it down.

Reporters and photojournalists gathered around Purisima while his top lieutenants taught him the basics of tweeting on his laptop. “I am willing to learn this,” he said.

One was overheard telling him that to find Twitter on the Internet, he must look for the blue bird (“Iyong blue na ibon, Sir”) on the screen. Another pointed out where the @ sign was.

Purisima smiled throughout the quick tutorial, seemingly amazed at the wonders of technology. After he sent his second tweet, he glanced at reporters, looking relieved.

His first tweet was “Serbisyong Makatotohanan Para Sa Bayan.” He followed it with “Follow me @AlanLPurisima.”

As of 5:13 p.m., Purisima already had 248 followers. One had already sent a complaint to him about the vehicles in front of the Bacoor Police Station, which Purisima promptly acknowledged with mention of his course of action.

Initially, Purisima’s account was locked, even if it was announced that it would be open to all those who wanted to follow him. After reporters pointed this out, his account was made public.

At a press conference, Purisima said that he wanted  the PNP to maximize the use of technology to improve the police’s service to the public by getting immediate feedback from them.

“We want to improve our services. As the chief PNP, I also want to know on a personal and official note what the people’s sentiments are. Twitter can help me in the performance of our duty,” he said in Filipino.

“We can talk here on a personal note,” Purisima told reporters. I want to hear the feedback of our community.”

He said his Twitter followers could send him any message they want. But he also directed them to the PNP’s other Twitter account, @ireportangkrimen, where they post their specific complaints about the PNP. The PNP’s public information office also has its own Twitter account, @pnppio.

Purisima said that he would encourage all the PNP’s commanders to have their own Twitter accounts.

“Those who cannot go to the office and express their opinions can do so in the Twitter accounts. We should use technology to say what we want to say to our police, especially our commanders,” Purisima said.

Purisima earlier said the idea of the police going online was prompted by a report showing a significant number of crime victims do not report to police due to several reasons, including the inaccessibility of police stations.

He said information and figures that could be derived from these reports could help PNP to come up with an effective deployment strategy.

“This also manifests the responsiveness of the PNP to the ever growing need for socially relevant information on matters of public interest,” the PNP chief said.

Social media monitor Semicast estimated in 2012 that there were some 9.5 million Filipino using Twitter. 


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  • noyab

    ISA PA PO SIR, PAKI UPDATE NAMAN ANG PUBLIC SA KASO IN MARANTAN AT MGA KASAMA NIYA SA RUBOUT, BAKA KASI MALIMUTAN NA NG MGA TAO….

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  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Police should take psychological test every year. Not tweeting or social networking at work. They must take exams on policing laws and physical exam as well. Include combat tests if possible, see if they’re quick at the trigger and know when to use their gun.

  • JANET NAPOLES & BONG & JINGGOY

    name the names of criminal cops in your twItter……..DO NOT COVER THEM.

  • kismaytami

    Pa-tweet tweet na lang ang mga batugang pulis. Hoy! Sayang lang ang tax binabayad namin sa inyo. Kung yung ibang agency ng gobyerno tulad ng LTO at LTFRB na kapag nag-file ka ng reklamo online eh walang nangyayari… paano pa itong sa mga batugang pulis???

  • opinyonlangpo

    Hey chief, boss, manager, general, sir. What happened to the witness and his family, other news article says they disappeared while in PNP custody? At least that is what the NBI said.

  • themask celestial

    Social media networking is a powerful tool to connect to public servant in developed countries. With my experience reporting to social media account of government officials and organization, its just a show. Alfredo Lim has a facebook account, you report something, he will respond that he will fix blah blah blah, but in reality, new message will only buried your request. The only social media taccount that I know has some result is the account of MMDA

    • Batang 80′s

      Agree on MMDA’s twitter account. Mas may resulta kapag nag-tweet ka sa MMDA. Dependable din ang MMDA app.



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