MEMBERS of the Manila Police District were called upon to remain steadfast in their sworn duties and to make good use of the confidence and support being given to them by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte in delivering their promise of protecting and serving the public.
National Parks Development Committee executive director Penelope Belmonte made the appeal when she delivered an inspirational message at the MPD where she called on the police, headed by Director General Vicente Danao, Jr., to always fight for what is right and not to be bothered by challenges like false accusations specially from those against the government.
“Our job as public servants is not easy, it is full of challenges and temptations every single day, but we must stand firm and keep fighting for what is right. Let us draw strength from God who is always there to give us courage and wisdom to see us through every situation. Let us also remember our families to motivate and guide us”, she told the MPD members.
Belmonte said that when she was asked to deliver an inspirational message, the first thing that entered her mind was a line from a coffee commercial— “para kanino ka bumabangon?”
“Dahil sa sagot sa tanong na ito tayo humuhugot ng inspirasyon sa ating buhay. As public servants, our inspiration should be the public because it is to the public that we pledge our allegiance to. Our inspiration should be our country and its Constitution because when we took our oath of office, we vowed to serve and protect the nation and the constitution,” she said.
She stressed that the duty of policemen is to keep peace and order and make sure that laws are being followed and those violating them would be held liable.
When these efforts are derailed by factors such as policemen getting caught in the middle of political clashes or baseless fault-finding efforts or accusations by those against the government, Belmonte said they should not allow themselves to be affected or lose hope.
“Ituloy lamang natin ang laban dahil tayo ang inaaasahan ng publiko upang ipaglaban at ipagtanggol ang kanilang karapatan at kaligtasan. Samantalahin natin ang pagkakataon na ibinigay sa atin upang gawin ang nararapat para sa bayan lalo na para sa mga naaapi at kapos sa buhay. Samantalahin din natin na ang kasalukuyang administrasyon ay tumatayo para sa tunay na pagbabago at reporma sa hanay ng mga naglilingkod sa pamahalaan,” Belmonte said.