Cops’ kin needed in reforming the force

NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office chief Major General Gilor Eleazar hit the nail right on the head when he called on families-the wives, parents, children and siblings-of newly-promoted Metro Manila policemen to act as ‘guides’ of their loved ones in the uniformed service so that they won’t go astray.

Eleazar told the families of his newly-promoted officers and men to guide and support them in their job and help ensure that they won’t turn into scalawags and instead support their dear ones who are in the police force in giving quality police service to the people. His words:  “Ang gusto natin ay taas noong masasabi ng ating mga anak sa kanilang mga kaeskwela, kaibigan, at sa buong bayan, Pulis ang Tatay ko/ Pulis ang Nanay ko.”

I agree with the NCRPO chief. You can immediately judge a policeman by just looking and observing his family background. If he has a loving wife who also contributes to the family income and they have well-schooled, disciplined children, most probable is that the said cop is a good cop.

However, if you see some policemen who have two or three different families, whose kids or siblings are into illegal drugs and other vices, it’s accurate to say that these are the policemen who have gone astray, failing to control their urge and their families and the worst of it all, these are the policemen who are forced to engage in illegal activities like robbery-extortion.

Thus, I always admire police officers and men who are known to be good family men—those who honor the saying that behind every man’s success is a woman—and not those who think that they can count wives as long as they live. These are the officers and men who for me are worthy of emulation by all.

Last Monday, I watched as hundreds of people flocked at Camp Crame to grace the  oath-taking of 2,280 more members of the PNP Officers’ Corps who were inducted into the police service via Lateral Entry by PNP chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde.

Simultaneously, 125 more line officers were inducted into the PNP Special Action Force, and 2,251 more in the different Police Regional Offices, I learned. The technical service and line officers were appointed to the entry level rank of Police Lieutenant and Police Captain, according to their professional qualifications as Lawyers, Doctors, Dentists, Chemists, Psychologists, Criminologists, Information Technology Officers, Medical Technologists and Nurses.

Simultaneous mass-oath-taking ceremonies also took place across the country  as the PNP confirmed the promotion of 642 Police Commissioned Officers and 55,671 Police Non-Commissioned Officers promoted to the next higher grade of Police  Corporal to Police Lieutenant Colonel under the 1st semester 2019 regular promotion program.

“The mass promotion of 56,313 police personnel synchs well with the morale and welfare policy of the PNP that gives due recognition to good performance vis-à-vis the policy of organizational discipline that applies an institutional system of reward and punishment,” Gen. Albayalde said.

Eleazar congratulated the newly-promoted NCRPO officers and men whom he described as the ‘most inspired and most motivated group of NCRPO men’ nowadays. Actually, there are more than 13,000 NCRPO men promoted who have been challenged by Eleazar to win the hearts and minds of the people and be part of the work force of providing quality service to the people of Metro Manila.

Eleazar emphasized that their Internal Cleansing Program is not just about getting rid of the misfits and scalawags.  “Rather, it is about creating a culture of pride in the uniform, self-respect and gaining respect from the community and a culture of efficiency and dedication to work. In the midst of cleansing the police ranks, these newly promoted police officers are expected to supervise and guard their fellow policemen,” he said. I fully agree with him.

CONGRATULATIONS TO PNP-AKG OFFICERS, MEN

On a personal note, I would like to congratulate 63 personnel of the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group who were promoted to the next higher rank last Monday. My friend, PNP-AKG director, Brig Gen. Glenn Dumlao said the 63 are composed of six Police Commissioned Officers, 40 Non-Commissioned Officers and 17 who joined the PNP Officers’ Corp via Lateral Entry.

All these PNP-AKG personnel not only passed the mandatory training, schooling and eligibility requirements but most importantly, they have also played their own part in helping reduce kidnappings-for-ransom in the country. I can’t name them all but of the 63, one is a Police Colonel, three are Majors, one is a Captain and another is a Lieutenant.

The others are 40 PCOs who have been promoted to the next higher rank while 17 are now Police Lieutenants via  Lateral Entry.  

I would also like to congratulate the eight newly-promoted police generals led by two classmates from PMA ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 of Gen. Albayalde, Police Major Generals Rey Biay and Mariel Magaway.

Biay, the director of the PNP Civil Security Group and Magaway, the director of the PNP Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development took their oath of office as new 2-star police generals along with new Major Generals Jonas Calleja and Bong Durana Jr.

Calleja, a lawyer-member of PMA ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987 is the PNP Director for Plans while Durana, a member of PMA ‘Maringal’ Class of 1988 is the PNP Director for Police-Community Relations. Durana became the highest-ranked PMA Class 1988 member in the mainstream PNP with his promotion.

The other four newly-promoted Police Brigadier Generals are Sam Rodriguez, Joselito Salido, Nicerio Obaob and RonnieYlagan. My friends Rodriguez of PMA Class 1988 is the director of the PNP Information Technology Management Service while Ylagan, a member of PMA Class 1990 is the Regional Chief Directorial Staff of the National Capital Region Police Office. Congratulations to all.