By Aaron Recuenco
Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, deputy chief for operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP), warned newly recruited policemen against using their uniform to enrich themselves through money from illegal drugs and other criminal activities.
In his speech during the recognition ceremony of almost 300 rookie cops who graduated from their training supervised by the police Special Action Force (SAF) in Pampanga on Friday, Eleazar said disciplinary measures are now being institutionalized to catch and punish policemen who would engage in illegal activities.
“Our Chief PNP, General Archie Gamboa, is now initiating and institutionalizing reforms to professionalize and preserve the integrity of the police organization,” said Eleazar.
Gamboa met with most of the 357 policemen whom he summoned to confront them on allegations that they are involved in illegal drugs.
The 357 cops, including a senior officer with a rank of brigadier general, are on the drug watch-list of President Duterte.
Gamboa promised to finish all the investigations on them in one month, starting Monday.
Aside from the threat of being dismissed and being jailed, Eleazar said policemen have no reason to engage in illegal activities due to the increase in their salary and other benefits.
“You no longer have reasons to go astray. Our President has already given and is continuously giving the support that we need– from mission-essential equipment and training to doubling our salary. All the President asks in return is for us to live up to his expectation as professional and honest policemen,” said Eleazar.
He advised the rookie cops on what to do if they encounter temptations of earning dirty money when their deployment starts: Always look at the PNP logo and read the motto written in their uniform.
“In times of challenges, I advise you to look at the patch of the PNP in our uniform and reflect on the true meaning of the three words written there: Service. Honor. Justice,” said Eleazar.
“There is a reason why the word honor was placed in the middle. If you honor your badge and uniform, you will stick to your oath of serving and protecting our people. If you honor the police organization, you will become a true instrument of delivering fair justice equally for the rich and the poor.”
“Honor yourself by preserving your dignity as a human being. Honor the good reputation of your family. Honor your batchmates here who were there with you in times of pain and hardship during your training days. And lastly, honor your profession by caring for the integrity of the police organization,” he declared.
The 295-strong Sandinig Class of 2019-2 of the PNP is the latest of the new police recruits who completed the training program initiated by then PNP chief Oscar Albayalde.