ADMITTEDLY, the country’s laws, ordinances, rules and regulations are effective only if they are implemented by concerned government offices and agencies without fear or favor.
In fact, if they are not applied equally, we cannot blame the people, including the ordinary citizens in far-flung communities across the country, if they ignore even presidential orders.
That’s why we, like other well-meaning Filipinos, doff our hat to the Philippine National Police (PNP) for demolishing a police community precinct built on the sidewalk in San Juan City.
PNP chief Director-General Oscar D. Albayalde, M/Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar and Mayor Francis Zamora led the demolition of the San Juan Police Community Precinct No. 6.
Erected just outside the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, the police outpost was demolished in line with President Duterte’s directive to remove all road obstructions in the metropolis.
Eleazar, director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said that: “Maganda na bago tayo manggiba ng iba eh gibain muna natin yung sa atin na nagba-violate (ng batas.)”
Eleazar told his district directors to oversee the demolition of illegal police structures and other facilities in their areas as ordered by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
In a memorandum-circular, DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Ano, a retired military general, ordered the dismantling of all road obstructions not only in the metropolis but throughout the country.
For the sake of motorists, pedestrians and the rest of the commuting public, all sectors ought to support the government as it exerts efforts to address the monumental traffic jams in urban centers.
President Duterte, Secretary Ano and General Albayalde mean well and are determined to rid our roads, streets and highways of all illegal structures and facilities.