Gen. ‘Bato’ tells lawmen: PNP first before self

IMUS CITY, Cavite-- Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa has urged law enforcers to give their full commitment to their mission and remember "PNP first before self."

Dela Rosa was in Imus City to grace the turnover of 30 brand new motorcycles and 18 police patrol vehicles from the Cavite provincial government to the Cavite police force in simple ceremonies on Monday.

Dela Rosa enjoined the police to serve the police organization first before thinking of themselves, before presiding over the turnover rites at the Cavite Provincial Police Office headquarters in Camp Pantaleon Garcia in this city.

The event was also graced by Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin "Boying" Remulla, Vice Governor Jolo Revilla, Provincial Board members, Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla, Imus City Mayor Emmanuel Manny Maliksi and Imus Vice-Mayor Arnel "Ony" Cantimbuhan.

The PNP Chief reiterated President Rodrigo Duterte's directives to governors who called on the Chief Executive in MalacaAang recently "to use all their means and at their disposal in their crusade to destroy drugs."

Dela Rosa also announced the top-to-bottom revamp of the police organization to cleanse the ranks of scalawags and intensify the fight against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.

He said the President has prevailed upon his stay in office as PNP chief, citing the Chief Executive's trust in him amid calls for him to resign.

The PNP chief said many speculations surfaced in attempts to destroy him which in effect also target to destroy the President.

"I will redeem myself, you will see in the next days," dela Rosa said.

He said there are about 165,000 uniformed police personnel and around 30,000 non-uniformed police personnel in the country which he leads.

"I want you to leave the best legacy to be a police and express my appreciation to the local officials for their support because we can't win the fight on drugs and criminality without you," Dela Rosa said.

Cavite Provincial Police Director Senior Superintendent Arthur Bisnar was on hand to receive the new police vehicles aimed at helping in the police law enforcement and peace and order mission.

Bisnar then presented to Dela Rosa and Cavite officials the assorted firearms and a kilo of "shabu" (methamphetamine hydrochloride) which were surrendered and recovered during the week-long operation against illegal firearms and illegal drugs in the province.

Gov. Remulla has approved the provincial government's allocation of Php25 million for the purchase of police vehicles to step up their war against illegal drugs and crimes.

Remulla also pledged that his provincial administration is open to anything needed by the Cavite PNP for the service of the people and hopes the police ratio to the population would reach 1 police to 500 people.

Remulla said "peace and order are among the problems besetting the province especially that its population has soared to about 4.3 million and ranks as one of the largest provinces in the country." (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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