CRIMINALITY, along with illegal drugs and corruption in government offices, has long been a major problem in the Philippines, an impoverished nation of more than 100 million people.
Since day one of the Duterte administration, the PNP and other law enforcement agencies have been waging an all-out war against drug pushers, criminals and corrupt public servants.
But despite the series of killings and attacks on local government officials, including town mayors, there’s “no culture of impunity” in the country, said the Philippine National Police.
In fact, it’s unfair if we say that there’s a feeling or sense of impunity in this graft-prone Southeast Asian nation, said Director-General Oscar D. Albayalde, chief of the national police agency.
“Well, I really don’t know kung bakit palagi nating sinasabi (why we always say) that there’s a sense of impunity in our country,” according to the hard-hitting Albayalde.
He claimed that the recent murder of Mayor Ferdinand Bote of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija and Trece Martires City Vice Mayor Alexander Lubigan are not connected with each other.
At the same time, the tough-talking PNP chief paid a glowing tribute to the public for playing a crucial role in the solution of crimes not only in the metropolis but throughout the country.
With the help of well-meaning Filipinos, including ordinary citizens, investigators of the 175,000-member PNP manage to solve even major crimes, like the murder of local government officials.
With Albayalde at the helm of the country’s premier law enforcement agency, the men and women in police uniform are expected to succeed in maintaining peace and order in the country.
Certainly, the top “Mamang Pulis” will have the support of many sectors -- the church, media, civil society, business and the academe -- as he pursues the government’s anti-crime drive.