PEOPLE remember what President Duterte has repeatedly said regarding illegal drugs, corruption, criminality and local governance with the appointment of two former police generals to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Note that the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and local government units (LGUs) are under the DILG, which is headed by retired four-star military Gen. Eduardo Año.
President Duterte has appointed retired police Gens. Bernardo Florece Jr. and Manuel Felix as DILG undersecretary for peace and order and assistant secretary, respectively, drawing applause from various quarters, including the ordinary citizens.
In the view of many, Año, Florece and Felix are among the voices in the country, who are incorruptible and known enemies of drug pushers/users, corrupt public servants and criminals.
The three are graduates of the elite Philippine Military Academy (PMA), the country’s premier military school, for nothing. They are members of PMA Matikas Class 1983.
Florece is a former director of the Police Community Relations Group, while Felix retired as director of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations in Western Mindanao.
Like other Filipinos, we welcome the appointment of the “Three Musketeers” to the DILG, knowing full well that they have a concrete plan of action against the many evils of society.
Of course, we see the three bemedalled generals transforming our policemen, jail guards, firefighters and local government officials into highly-effective and world-class public servants.
Certainly, they are on track meeting the mushrooming needs of the now more than 100 million Filipinos.