President Aquino exhorts PNPA grads to ‘straight path’ opportunities
By Saul E. Pa-a
SILANG, Cavite, March 25 (PNA) – President Benigno Aquino III exhorted Saturday the 220 graduates of the “Sinagtala” Class 2012 to embrace the “straight path” in their challenging opportunities for public service that is praiseworthy and discard the notoriety of a corrupt police system.
Speaking in Filipino at the 33rd Commencement Exercises of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) here, the President also urged the new graduates to emulate their predecessors in the police ranks who have shown bravery and heroism in the service.
“Tinatawag kayong “Sinagtala” – liwanag na nasisilayan sa pagtingala natin sa kalangitan, na siyang kanlungan ng ating mga pinakamatayog na adhikain,” Aquino said as he expressed optimism for the batch to serve as beacon for commitment and responsibility in apparent reference to the PNPA’s guiding motto of integrity, justice and prosperity.
The President underscored that “identical with our exercise of democracy are the public’s great expectations for our dedicated service and responsibility,” as he praised the Batch 2012’s determined support to his administration’s anti-corruption campaign.
President Aquino said “katahimikan at kapayapaan ang susi ng ating pag-unlad bilang isang bansa. Kung makakaasa ang mga Pilipino na masusunod ang mga batas — na ang bawat mali ay may kabayaran, at ang mabuting gawain ay may mabuti ring gantimpala — magiging matibay ang pundasyon ng ating mga sistemang panlipunan.”
The Chief Executive pointed out that upright deeds build stronger society that sustains a robust economy, provides jobs and supports more funds for education, health and other programs that uplift us from poverty.
Aquino said “nararamdaman na po natin ito ngayon at ang inyong hanay mismo ay nakikinabang dito.”
He encouraged the newly-commissioned police, jail and warden junior officers who would soon join the law enforcers as the people’s protectors and not to succumb to lawless elements.
Aquino cited the extraordinary feat of Police Senior Inspector Jay Dema-ala of the PNPA Class 2004 who led 30 policemen in subduing and neutralizing more than 30 rebels belonging to the CPP-NPA-NDF during an attack at the police station in Panabo, Davao del Norte on March 19, 2011.
He also praised Senior Inspector Charity Galvez with 30 police elements who engaged the 250 rebels in a firefight when their station in Agusan del Sur was attacked on June 30 last year.
The President also hailed elements of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Kidapawan, Cotabato for their admirable courage in thwarting attacks last month by armed group using rocket-propelled grenade and high-powered rifles in an attempt to release its jailed member.
Aquino attributed police accomplishments through their dedication, strategic approach and sacrifice when he cited the decrease in the country’s crime volume from over 500,000 in 2009 cut in half to about 247,000 in 2011.
He also reported a substantial reduction of carnapping cases from 2,200 down to 966 in 2011, proving critics to set aside their negativism especially when high-profile crimes are highlighted more than the successful police operations.
Expressing confidence of the PNPA new graduates, Aquino inspired the new police, fire and jail officers to give real meaning to their new uniforms and assume their respective dedicated service and loyalty with pride, as well as admired and respected by the people veering away from the infamy of corruption and bribery.
As he congratulated the “Sinagtala” batch like their PMA counterparts, the President expressed that their four-year vacation and their abilities measured in terms of academic grades through tedious mental and physical examinations are over, but now is the time for their actual service performance.
“Tapos na ang praktis, tapos na ang pag-aaral ng mga teorya, at haharapin na ninyo ang sangandaan sa totoong lipunan,” the President said.
The Chief Executive advised the new graduates to resist corruption, wither from their professionalism because of the patronage system and bribery that are challenging tests to their principles and integrity.
He reminded them that as law enforcers they are expected to implement the law rather than serving as frontrunners for shortcuts to the law, pointing to his no “wang-wang” directive and admonishing them that “corruption is not just done for free.”
“Sa bawat panandaliang ginhawa na mula sa katiwalian, pangmatagalan ang perwisyo nito sa publiko. Kapag nagkibit-balikat kayo sa masasamang elemento, parang hinayaan niyo na ring dumami pa ang maaagrabyadong Pilipino,” the President cautioned.
President Aquino also reported the socialized housing project for military and police personnel who will benefit from the 21,800 units built under the auspices of the National Housing Authority through the shelter programs steered by Vice President Jejomar Binay.
He said additional 31,200 units are constructed this year to benefit personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the Bureau of Corrections, throughout the country.
Aquino also assured the provisions of training and skills programs that have since benefited 37,000 PNP, BJMP and BFP personnel.
He also directed the issuance of modern Personal Protective Equipment for the firefighters and additional arms and ammunition for the police, in keeping with the law enforcement agencies’ sworn duties to protect lives and the mandate to maintain peace and order.
President Aquino also awarded the Presidential Kampilan and the Plaque of Merit to “Sinagtala” class valedictorian Jail Cadet Marjorie Alcaraz Samson. Of the 220 graduates, 185 junior officers will be commissioned to the PNP, 21 to the BFP and 14 to the BJMP.
Vice President Jejomar Binay, DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, PNP Police Dir. Gen. Nicanor Bartolome; BJMP Director Rosendo Dial; BFP Fire Chief Supt. Samuel Perez; Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla, Congressman Jun Abaya, Mayor Bumble Tolentino and Mayor Tic Aguinaldo and the foreign police attaches attended the occasion. (PNA)