PNP marks 117th Ser­vice An­niver­sary

Palawan News - - POLICE REPORT - By Gillian Faye Ibañes Re­porter

As the Philip­pine Na-tional Po­lice marks its 117th An­niver­sary this year, po­lice of­fi­cers in the coun­try are ex-pected to ad­here to the Con-sti­tu­tion and rule of law. Se­nior Supt. Benigno Du-rana, PNP spokesper­son, told Palawan News that this year's an­niver­sary em­pha­sizes their "neu­tral­ity and al­le­giance as an en­force­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion to the Con­sti­tu­tion, the Phil-ip­pine flag, and Filipino peo-ple." Du­rana said they will al-ways up­hold the Con­sti­tu­tion and en­sure that every or­der they obey is in ac­cor­dance to the es­tab­lished rule of law. "That is well in­grained in our val­ues and prin­ci­ples, that we are an apo­lit­i­cal (po-lit­i­cally neu­tral) or­ga­ni­za­tion, and that [is where] our loyal-ty re­sides. There's no ques-tion about our loy­alty to the con­sti­tu­tion, klaro `yan. lf it is an il­le­gal or­der, an out­right il­le­gal or­der, def­i­nitely we will not do that, and def­i­nitely, if that of­fi­cial is re­spon­si­ble, he will not give il­le­gal or­ders." Du­rana said Du­rana noted that the Con­sti­tu­tion is a "clear and spe­cific doc­u­ment that is read­ily ac­ces­si­ble to the gen-eral pub­lic." Be­ing faith­ful to the con-sti­tu­tion is what the law re-quires of them he said add-ing that "Filipinos, in­clud­ing those higher author­i­ties above them, ex­pect the PNP to be loyal to the Philip­pine Con­sti­tu­tion." Most of the po­lice of-fi­cers in the Philip­pines, are will­ing to do what is right and are be­ing faith­ful to their oath, he said. "Ang sinumpaan namin we'll die for ialay namin ang am­ing buhay nga, the only pro­fes­sion that our lives can be put at stake, para sa kapa-kanan ng at­ing mga mama-mayan. May mga ti­wal­ing pulis din na­man ta­laga, pero mangi­lan-ngi­lan 'yon, but the ma­jor­ity, they are faith­ful to their oath and to what is ex-pected of them based on the law," Du­rana said. in Puerto Princesa City, the city po­lice marked the cel­e­bra­tion on Mon­day with a pledge to fol­low the Con­sti-tu­tion and fight cor­rup­tion, crime, and il­le­gal drugs. Se­nior Insp. Pearl Manyll Lam­ban Marzo, PPCP0 spoke-so­er­son said this year's cel-ebra­tion has a theme "Pag-babago sa Hanay ng Pulisya, Hatid ay Ligtas na Pa­mayanan La­ban sa Korup­siyon, Kri­men at Ili­gal na Droga." Marzo said the an­niver-sary fo­cuses on ad­her­ence to the Con­sti­tu­tion. The Con­sti­tu­tion is not "a com­mon dis­course" in po­lice sta­tions in the city and oth-er parts of the coun­try, they want to let the pub­lic know that they re­gard it highly and re­spects it, she said. "Since hindi na­man siya (Philip­pine Con­sti­tu­tion) Igaanong) nata-tackle dahil tayo gi­na­gawa lamang natin 'yong at­ing tra­baho, gi­naga-wa natin 'yong at­ing tung-kulin. Ngu­nit kung ano man ang tama, ano man ang nasa batas, 'yan ang at­ing pinapa-tu­pad at si­nusunod," Marzo said. Marzo said the cel­e­bra-tion also aims to gen­er­ate change in the po­lice force "by up­hold­ing their in­tegrity, de­mol­ish­ing cor­rup­tion, and elim­i­nat­ing crime and il­le­gal drugs." We trust the na­tional head­quar­ters to "fil­ter" all the or­ders and di­rec­tives, in-clud­ing the state­ments of the pres­i­dent, be­fore send­ing the com­mand to them, she also said.

The Puerto Princesa City Po­lice Of­fice (PPCPO) head of­fi­cers and vis­i­tors at the 117th Po­lice Ser­vice An­niver­sary in the city, with the theme “Pag­babago sa Hanay ng Pulisya, Hatid ay Ligtas na Pa­mayanan La­ban sa Korup­siyon, Kri­men at Ili­gal na Droga.”

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