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By Argyll Cyrus Geducos 

President Duterte said that the police should remain vigilant despite the Philippine National Police’s (PNP’s) success in its campaigns against drugs and criminality.

President Rodrigo
Duterte, in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony for the promoted Star Rank Officers of the Philippine National Police at the Malacañan Palace on August 30, 2017.
(KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Duterte spoke during the oath-taking ceremony of PNP’s newly promoted star-rank officers said.

“Despite the headway already made against illegal drugs and criminality, our country is not yet safe from harm and danger. So remain vigilant,” Duterte told the police.

“Stay alert and be ready. Diyan tayo bayad eh. Bayad tayo magtrabaho at kung maaari, bayad tayo mamatay for the country (We are paid to do such, even to die for the country),” he added.

“We have a great opportunity to finally rid our nation of its many problems and usher in real, lasting and meaningful change,” he continued.

Duterte urged the police to sustain their efforts against illegal drugs and crime. He asked them to not be afraid as long as what they do is in line with their duty.

“Huwag kayong matakot diyan sa mga human rights, mga demanda, demanda. Gawin mo lang ang tamang trabaho mo (Don’t be afraid of the criticism from human rights groups and charges against you. Just do your job),” he said.

“Follow the rules of engagement, follow the rules of performance of duty, and follow the rules of self-defense and I will go to prison for you,” he added.

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