bob_honest: what GooseEgg said. Not much has really changed. Even with Duterte at the helm, a foreigner is viewed mainly as a kind of fruit machine which pays out if you shake them the right way or push the right buttons. Most of the criminal types have just about enough brains to figure out that you shouldn't kill the golden goose, although it might be OK to let the goose rot in jail if a big payout might be forthcoming. 'Highly competent and efficient' is not a phrase commonly used when talking of the PNP. They're just thugs; they don't need to be highly competent and efficient.
One thing that you might notice - at least, this is the word from a few acquaintances in Manila - is that the smalltime crooks are keeping a low profile, so the place has a superficial feeling of safety that wasn't there before. The bigtime crooks (ie., the State) don't want the competition.
The comparison with the late peanutissmo is quite apt. Deluded about his own competence and his international reputation, limited intelligence but bags of ghetto smarts, and a large army of wall-eyed followers ready to do evil on his behalf.