MANILA – The Philippines continues to struggle for “real change” and this remains a challenge to law enforcers, the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief said Wednesday as the nation marked the 121st Independence Day.
In a message read by PNP deputy chief for administration Police Lt. Gen. Fernando Mendez Jr. at the flag raising ceremony in Camp Crame on his behalf, PNP chief Police Gen. Oscar Albayalde said societal problems due to crimes and illegal drugs still persist, as well as corrupt and disobedient people.
“…[P]ara sa Pambansang Pulisya, panahong muli upang paigtingin ang ating pagkakaisa at sama-samang isulong ang ating misyon tungo sa tunay na kaayusan, kapayapaan, at kaligtasan ng bawat lansangan at komunidad sa buong bansa,” he said.
([F]or the Philippine National Police, it is time to again intensify our unity and pursue together our mission towards real order, peace, and safety in the streets and community all over the country.)
Albayalde urged police officers to offer more noteworthy, honest, and diligent service in a bid to change the image of the organization tainted by some scalawags.
He also called on them to continue to combat with dedication and bravery crimes and illegal drugs, a key campaign of the Duterte administration.
“Ipakita natin ang tunay na puso ng pulis – ang pusong may malasakit at handang mag-alay ng buhay para sa sambayanan, ang pusong magiting at matapang sa harap ng anumang hamon at panganib, at ang pusong may takot at paniwala sa Diyos, at nag-aalab sa pagmamahal sa bayan,” he said.
(Let us show the true hear of a police – a heart that is caring and willing to offer life for people, a heart that is full of courage in the face of any challenge and danger, and a heart that fears and believes in God, and burning for the love for the country.)