By Fred Lobo
President Duterte has vowed to continue the” fight against lawlessness, criminality, and poverty that hinder us from achieving our full potential.”
Let’s harness the “courage, leadership, and wisdom” of our national heroes and move forward, the President said.
The Senate has urged Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to remove rogue cops within their ranks.
Time to restore public trust in the police force, said the senators.
The President, speaking on National Heroes’ Day, said, “Let us emulate their examples as we continue to realize our ideals and aspirations for ourselves and for our country.”
Follow good examples. Plus expect leadership by example.
“Their courage, leadership, and wisdom paved the way for us to enjoy the blessings of freedom, independence, and democracy,” Duterte said.
Expect the virtues of courage and leadership from Digong.
The country’s senators called for the removal of bad cops for the service.
“This should be the focus of the PNP leadership now,” Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said.
“Fix and strengthen the internal disciplinary mechanisms of the PNP so scalawags within the organization will be punished,” Gatchalian added, citing recent cases involving rogues in uniform.
Yes, time to discipline or even fire bad cops—and continue with the efforts to improve the image of the PNP.
Malacañang spokesman Ernesto Abella added that as per order of Pres. Duterte, due process must be allowed to take its course now that criminal charges have been filed against the policemen involved in the killing of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos.
“Investigation is now in the process. Let us allow the law to take its due course,” he said.
Malacanang also noted that the teenager’s parents have denied allegations their son was involved in drugs and also expressed readiness for drug testing to prove their son’s innocence.
Complete the investigation and let the whole truth out.
“Itong ginagamit ng pulis na ‘nanlaban’ ay nagiging convenient na para sa kanila para umabuso ng mga inosente,” Gatchalian said.
“This is weakness on the part of our policemen and shows that internal mechanisms to punish police scalawags are no longer functioning),” he lamented.
Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito said the Senate has “done our part and will continue to exercise our oversight powers.”
“It is important for all of us – not just the Senate, but also the executive department, the courts, and the media – to make sure that Kian’s death will not be in vain but will result in meaningful reforms in the PNP,” he added.
“I am hoping that Kian’s death will not be used by certain politicians or groups to advance their own political interests,” Ejercito added.
Yes to the whole truth. Yes to PNP reforms. No to disruptive politics!-
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