LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 6 (PNA)—-Amid issues such as the kidnap-slay of Korean Jee Ick Joo and the suspension of Oplan Tokhang that cast the Philippine National Police (PNP) in a bad light, a top official of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Bicol urged policemen gathered at the 26th anniversary celebration of the Police Regional Office (PRO5) on Monday to help regain the trust and respect of the community.
“Let us uphold its (PNP) dignity by offering as birthday gift our honest and dedicated service,” DILG-Bicol Director Eloisa Pastor told the PRO5 officers and men at its headquarters in Camp Simeon Ola here.
Pastor said “unfair generalizations” that police officers are “scalawags, ninja cops, coddlers, protectors and financiers of drug personalities” have surfaced after the recent events involving several men in uniform.
She said the PNP’s illegal drug campaign called Tokhang (to knock on doors), which have been “mockingly renamed” as “Tokbang” and “TokRan,” has brought both sadness and fear in her heart.
"Sadness because I have personally witnessed the hard work, dedication and sacrifices of the good men carrying out the real intention of the project and its objectives,” said Pastor.
She added that she fears the negative remarks against the PNP might cause demoralization among the ranks.
Pastor said she is also angry because the bad deeds were done by “a few bad men to the detriment of so many good policemen."
She added that PRO5 members and officers should lift up the PNP motto, which is to serve and protect, so they could wake one day with heads held up with pride “that we all belong to one family, the DILG family.” (PNA) FPV/GVR/JH/CBD