LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 18 (PNA) -- "This is my personal fight," Police Director General Alan L. Purisima told officials and members of the Philippine National Police in Bicol on his visit here for the blessing of the newly constructed firing range inside Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola in this city.
Purisima also turned over relief goods to the Department of Social Welfare and Development for the temporarily evacuated families affected by the abnormal activities of Mayon Volcano as well as logistics and equipment to the Bicol police.
He handed over 1,022 pieces of Gen 4 Glock 17, ammunition, equipment for the Special Weapons and Tactics team like kevlar helmets, combat boots, shield, bullet-proof vests and 500 units of handheld Motorola radios for the use of the Bicol police in fighting criminality in the region.
The PNP chief stressed that 100 percent of the police force in the Bicol region already have service firearms and improved proficiency in shooting owing to the presence of a firing range through the effort of Chief Supt. Victor P. Deona, Bicol regional police director.
He urged the regional police officers not to be affected by issues raised against him.
“I will be the one to answer these. Just continue doing your job because all of these are just part of a demolition job against me because of the reforms I am doing in the PNP,” Purisima said.
He also asked the chiefs of police to visit the barangays in their respective areas of responsibility to find out the real situation of the villagers and discuss with them their problems and concerns because this, he said, is part of the score card in the PNP’s Performance Governance System.
The top national police official thanked the Bicol police for the full support and trust they give him in his present predicament.
Purisima said there is no room in the police organization for dishonest and “termites” as they will not last long because it is their fellow officers who will catch them.(PNA) CTB/FGS/EMC/CBD/pjn