YES, Virginia, tough men do cry too.
PBGen. Andre Dizon, Director of the Manila Police District (MPD), known to be the premier police district, shed tears as he emotionally recalled his life as a poor boy from the province who rose to become the chief of police of the country’s capital city and how at one point in his life, he thought his career was over.
Dizon showed his ‘human side’ as he guested at the ‘MACHRA’s Balitaan’ hosted by the Manila City Hall Reporters’ Association at the Century Seafood Restaurant, when this writer asked what went on inside his head when he was assigned to head the MPD, considered to be the top police district in the country.
The MPD chief first became emotional as he began his answer by narrating, thus: “Noong 1978, dinala po ako ng tatay ko sa Luneta galing probinsiya para magpa-picture, Di ko akalain na ‘yung eight years old na ‘yun ay magiging chief of police ng Maynila, so, it’s a very touching reality na nangyari sa buhay ko. This is part of God’s purpose na dito ako dinala.”
Having risen from the ranks to become a police general, Dizon said that he is determined to give his best for Manila and that he will not disappoint his mentors proud.
“Di ko ipapahiya ‘yung mga naging mentors ko na nag-guide sa akin bilang officer ng PNP… kaya ako naiyak kasi naalala ko ‘yung mga great leaders gaya ni Mayor Lim at Senator Batoen bato mga iyakin din po ‘yun kaya binibilang ko sarili ko sa kanila. Ang mga pages-serbsiyo kasi nila, ‘yung galing talaga sa…’yung galing ka sa mahirap,” said a teary-eyed Dizon who then choked up, wiped his eyes and jokingly blamed the forum hosts, saying: “Kayo kasi.”
As Dizon tried to regain composure and the room went silent, he then resumed but this time, his voice began to crack all the more and tears again welled up in his eyes, as he narrated how he thought his career was over when the biggest trial of his life came while he was a budget officer.
“Tapos, dumating pa ‘yung time na may pinagdaanan akong mabigat na kaso sa career.. akala ko katapusan ko na. Pero it was God’s redirection to make me a better officer,” Dizon shared, adding that the case was eventually dismissed and what happened was a complete vindication on his part.
“Ganun talaga, may mga pangyayari na dumarating sa buhay to teach us a lesson and make us stronger. Now I am back and I will always give my best. Ever since pumasok kami sa serbisyo, itinuro sa amin magbigay ng quality service. Whatever capacity ang hahawakan, we are trained to always give our best,” he stressed.
Dizon said the MPD is nothing new to him and that he is merely a ‘balikbayan’, having been with the said district way back in 1998.
According to him, serving the capital city is a great honor, since he always hears the saying that ‘where Manila goes, the country goes.’