PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino yesterday warned rogues in the PNP of his resolve to weed out the “bad eggs’ in the police.
“Wala akong sisinuhin sa nagtitigas-tigasan pa rin sa ating kautusan,” he warned.
He likewise called on the new graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy to shun the bad example of several police officers linked to the Atimonan bloodbath which tainted the good reputation of the police organization.
“Isa pang halimbawa ng kontrobersiyang nagbabahid ng mantsa sa gumaganda nang imahen ng ating kapulisan ang madugong insidente sa Atimonan, Quezon.
Malinaw pong may nagkulang dito at inilagay ang batas sa kanilang kamay. Kasalukuyan pong gumugulong ang imbestigasyon sa kasong ito, at maigting natin itong tinututukan upang agarang matukoy ang mga sumuway sa mga batas at patakaran. Ngayon ngang nalalapit na ang eleksyon, hindi po natin maaatim na maulit ang trahedyang ito. Bilang dagdag na puwersa ng ating unipormadong hanay, tiwala akong makikibalikat kayo sa pagsusulong ng malinis, tapat at malayang halalan na magdidikta sa tutunguhin nating kinabukasan,” the President said before 252 new graduates of the PNPA at their commencement exercises at Silang, Cavite.
The President also urged them to follow the rule of law and shun temptation in the service, even as he asked them to serve the public with fairness and integrity.
Aquino said he will not think twice in removing corrupt cops from the police force.
“Malinaw po ang atas ko bilang commander in chief at hindi optional ang pagsunod sa batas. Wala akong sisinuhin sa nagtitigas-tigasan pa rin sa ating kautusan,” the President said.
The President also warned them not to fail our bosses, meaning the Filipino people or face the consequences
“Ang atas at hamon ko sa ating ‘Tagapamagitan’ Class of 2013: Huwag ninyong bibiguin ang ating mga Boss — ang sambayanang Pilipino,” the President said to the graduates who will automatically assume the rank of Inspector when they join either the police force, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology or Bureau of Fire Protection.
Of this year’s graduates, 237 will go to the PNP, 11 to the BJMP and four to the BFP.
He also urged them to help ensure the May midterm elections are peaceful, honest and orderly.
Illustrating what could happen to them should they fail to perform their duties, Aquino cited the sacking of the police director of the Caraga region, the provincial director of Agusan del Sur and six town police chiefs for their failure to stop illegal logging.
Thirty-four personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources were also sacked .
“Kaya sa mga nagkikibit-balikat pa rin sa ilegal na pagtotroso, sisiguruhin kong bilang na ang oras ninyo sa serbisyo. Malinaw po ang atas ko bilang commander-in-chief at hindi optional ang pagsunod sa batas, Aquino said.
Aquino also said more assets and benefits are in store for personnel of the PNP, BJMP and BFP.
The President said that before the end of the year, the government hopes to acquire 74,800 9mm pistols under the Philippine National Police’s Capability Enhancement Program.
Last year, the government also acquired 76 fire trucks for the BFP for P5 million, lower than the projected price of P9 million. Aquino said the savings will be used to acquire additional equipment for the BFP.
The BJMP also acquired 400 handguns and 960 long firearms. There are also plans to construct more jails.
“Sa mga papasok po ng BJMP, huwag kayong mag-alala masyado pag makita niyo ang preso niyo ay tila preso in name only. Iniimbentaryo na po lahat ‘yan at iwawasto natin ang pasilidad ninyo para matulungan naman kayong gampanan nang tama ang inyong trabaho ” Aquino said.