Gov. Mamba challenges new PNP chief to start internal cleansing with top-ranking officials

Published August 4, 2022, 7:31 PM

by Liezle Basa Iñigo

CAGAYAN — Governor Manuel N. Mamba has challenged the newly appointed Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Police Lt. Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr., to start the internal cleansing among the high ranking officials who he said are involved in illegal activities before anything else.

Governor Manuel N. Mamba

“Hindi marereporma ang nasa baba dahil sa mga gawaing mali ng mga nasa taas. Nasa taas ang mga abusado (Those in the lower ranks cannot be reformed because of the wrongdoing of top-ranking officials. They are abusive.),” Gov. Mamba said.

“‘Yung mga high ranking official, kaya hindi nila madisiplina ang mga nasa baba kasi sila mismo ang involved sa kalokohan (The reason why high-ranking officials couldn’t discipline the low-ranking members is they themselves are involved in corruption),” the Governor added.

Mamba cited Azurin’s message during his assumption of office that he wanted to review the police drug war operations and seek religious leaders’ help in ‘reforming’ the national police (internal cleansing).

Gov. Mamba believed that if the internal cleansing of the country’s police force is to be effective, it must start from among the top-ranking officials.

The Governor said cleansing during the time of former PNP Chief Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson started with the generals.

Lt. Gen. Azurin Jr. formally took office on Wednesday, August 3rd, three days after he was named by President Marcos Jr as the new chief of the Philippine National Police.

Like Gov. Mamba’s Cagayan Development Agenda (CAGANDA) 2025, spiritual and moral recovery and transformation is needed.

Azurin also believed in spiritual cleansing that when he was the Police Regional Office 1 Director he introduced Kasimbayanan (Kapulisan, Simbahan, at Pamayanan) — a program meant to protect the community with the strong partnership of the police, Church, and the populace from crime or any issue.

“Isa sa mga inilunsad na programa ng PNP Chief ay ang ‘Kasimbayanan program’ o ‘Kapulisan, Simbahan at Pamayanan’ kung saan nais niyang ma-involve ang iba’t ibang church-based na organisasyon sa mga programa ng kapulisan (One of the programs the PNP chief launched was ‘Kasimbayanan program or ‘Kapulisan, Simbahan at Pamayanan’ wherein he wanted different church-based organizations to be part of the police program),” the governor said.