Manila Police District

Manila Police District
Common name Manila Police District
Abbreviation MPD

Manila Police District patch depicting the department logo
Motto Manila's Finest
Agency overview
Formed January 9, 1901
Preceding agencies
  • Manila Police Department
  • Western Police District
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of Manila in the region of Metro Manila, PHI
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Manila Police District Headquarters, United Nations Avenue, Manila
Agency executive Rolando E Asuncion, Police Chief Superintendent (acting chief)
Parent agency National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO)
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Manila Police District (MPD) is the agency of the Philippine National Police (PNP) responsible for law enforcement in the City of Manila. Formerly known as the Western Police District (WPD), the MPD is under the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), which also handles the Quezon City, Eastern, Northern and Southern Police Districts.


American period

The MPD was created as the Metropolitan Police Force of Manila by Act No. 70 of the Taft Commission. An entirely American body, the force was first stationed at the Goldenberg Mansion, San Miguel. Being provost marshal, Arthur MacArthur, Jr. was named first Manila police chief. WIth the enactment of Act No. 183 that established the Manila city charter on July 31, 1901, the force was reorganized and was headed by Capt. George Curry. The Metropolitan Police Force of Manila was renamed into the "Manila Police District," and was initially composed by 357 troops from the American Volunteer Force to the Philippines. The MPD has jurisdiction five miles from the city limits and three miles from the shores to Manila Bay. This led into disputes with the Philippine Constabulary, which had police powers elsewhere in the Philippines. In 1907, the MPD was split into two: the Meisic Police Station north of the Pasig River and the Luneta Police Station south of the river. By 1935, the headquarters was moved to the new Manila City Hall.[1]

On March 2, 1936, Antonio Torres, then a member of the Manila City Council, was appointed chief, the first Filipino do so. However, on 1942 at the outset of World War II, the Kempetai, the Japanese Military Police, ordered Torres to submit to their authority. After the Battle of Manila, the combined American and Filipino troops reorganized the police force, and Allied forces were appointed chiefs until the appointment of Lamberto Javalera as acting chief of police.[1]

Third Republic

In 1949, the MPD transferred their headquarters for the last time, in a newly constructed building at the corner of San Marcelino and Isaac Peral (now United Nations Avenue); the funding of the reconstruction came from the Philippine Rehabilitation Act of 1948. By this time, the President of the Philippines had appointment powers to the office. Notable was the appointment of Ricardo Papa, who organized an anti-smuggling unit that minimized smuggling in the city.[1]

Martial law to the present

Facade of the Ermita Police Station of the Manila Police District.

On September 21, 1972, president Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in the country and created the Integrated National Police, with the Philippine Constabulary as its nucleus. On December 20, 1974, James Barbers was appointed Superintendent (Police Chief) of the Western Police District (WPD). Metropolitan Police Force (MPF).[1] On February 26, 1986, Marcos was overthrown after the People Power Revolution. A few months later, Alfredo Lim was appointed chief and increased the number of precincts from six to ten. Lim would later be director of the National Bureau of Investigation, Mayor of Manila and Senator. In 1990, the Interior and Local Government Act 1990.was promulgated, that created the Philippine National Police, absorbing the Philippine Constabulary. Other notable names who had been named as WPD chief are Hermogenes Ebdane on November 5, 1993, and Avelino Razon on June 16, 1996 and December 20, 1999.[1] The two were later named chiefs of the PNP.

On July 20, 2005, the WPD reverted to their former name back to the Manila Police District.[1]


The MPD is organized into eleven (11) police stations and several district support units:[2][3]

MPD Director - P/CSUPT ISAGANI F GENABE PNP supervises the security operations during the 2013 Philippine Bar Exams.
DOT Secretary Alberto Lim turns over to PSRINSP Jovan Sicat twenty (20) bikes for the use of the Manila Police District Tourist Police.
MPD Police Station near the Manila Hotel and Quirino Grandstand.

Base Units

Administrative Support Units
Operations Support Units

Line Units


Aftermath of the 2010 Manila Bus Hostage Crisis.

The PNP in general, and the MPD in particular, is characterized as slow, unfit, trigger-happy and corrupt. Several policemen have been arrested for committing extortion against violators of the law (popularly known as "kotong," hence the term "kotong cop").[4] Police are also involved in shootouts, or using excessive force against suspects.[5]

Recently two issues have been hurled against the MPD. One is the recent exposé of a policeman torturing a suspect in a police precinct in Tondo. The officer who allegedly tortured the suspect was filed with administrative chargers[6] Another was the inept resolution of the Manila hostage crisis which resulted in the death of 8 tourists from Hong Kong. MPD chief Rolando Magtibay was sacked two days after the failed assault.[7] His replacement, Senior Superintendent Francisco Villaroman, made acting head of the MPD, was replaced after one day. Police did not comment on his removal. However, the Philippine Daily Inquirer said Villaroman was among police officers charged in the disappearance of two Hong Kong residents in the Philippines in 1998 and 1999. Villaroman said that the matter was heavily politicized, as it was linked to the affairs of the then at-large Senator Panfilo Lacson.[8]

Lists of chiefs

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "History of the Manila Police District". MPD official website. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  4. "Manila Police chief cracks down on 'telebabad cops'". November 20, 2008. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  5. "8 MPD members in April Delpan shootout charged with homicide". May 6, 2008. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  6. Tina Santos, Jeannette Andrade (August 20, 2010). "Cop in torture video faces raps". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  7. "Manila police OIC an expert in hostage situations". August 26, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  8. Reuters, Agence France-Presse (Aug 28, 2010). "New chief lasts one day", South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
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