PHILIPPINE National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde on Wedneday paid tribute to the gallant men and women of the 175,000-strong police force as he bared the PNP’s major accomplishments in fighting drugs and crime, terrorism and rogues in uniform during the 117th Police Service Anniversary at Camp Crame attended by President Duterte.
In his speech, the PNP chief honored the PNP’s forerunner organizations -- the Insular Constabulary, the Philippine Constabulary and Integrated National Police -- and paid tribute to the men and women whose heroism and gallantry gave color and meaning to the pages of police service history.
“These are the constables, the policemen and policewomen whose service spans one hundred and seventeen years of fighting crime, insurgency, terrorism and all other forms of lawlessness. They are the men and women who suffered defeats and celebrated victories, and showed the world that they may have always been outnumbered but certainly never outfought,” he said.
Gen. Albayalde said majority of the police force have made our streets peaceful and secure through all the years and the PNP “will remain relentless in keeping criminals at bay, in ridding our streets of lawlessness and violence, and in achieving an environment where our countrymen can walk the streets safely and go about their daily lives without fear and anxiety in their hearts.”
The PNP chief told his audience led by President Duterte that the past two years saw the PNP fight crimes and the illegal drug menace relentlessly like never before, producing results unprecedented in police service history.
“And we are proud to declare that crime incidents have since been on a downtrend. We saw a vigorous cleansing of our ranks as we sought to prove to our countrymen that we are determined in giving them a police force composed of truly honest professionals and responsible public servants. And we endeavored to strengthen public engagements in recognition of the importance and indispensability of community support as our most potent weapon against the evil elements of society,” he said.
According to the top cop, from July 1, 2016 to June 30 this year, the country’s total crime volume dropped by 20.4 percent compared to the previous total for the same period from 2014 to 2016.
During the same period in review, index crimes decreased by 46.95 percent, with crimes against persons lower by 30.42 percent and crimes against property down by 56.16 percent.
“The PNP remains steadfast behind the President in his call for change in the country, and we welcome with even greater enthusiasm and resolve his declaration during his recent State of the Nation Address that the illegal drugs war is far from over and will be as “relentless and chilling” as on the day it began. Indeed, it will be,” he stressed.