PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, yesterday paid tribute to the sacrifices show by his men in helping help fight the spread of COVID-19 and called on them to continue their job as they begin enforcing General Community Quarantine rules in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.
“Sa pitumput-pitong araw na pagsagupa natin sa hindi nakikitang kalaban, alam ko ang hirap na inyong naranasan. Ang mga sakripisyo nyo na mawalay sa kanya-kanya nyong pamilya, upang masiguro din ang kanilang kaligtasan. Ang pagtitiis sa init nang araw, sa ulan at kahit sa galit nang mamamayan na lumalabag sa mga protocols. Sa lahat nang eto, ako, sampu nang mga miyembro ng liderato nang PNP, ay taos pusong nagpapasalamat sa inyong patuloy na pinapakitang katatagan at pagtupad sa sinumpaan nating mandato,” the PNP chief told his his men during flag-raising at Camp Crame.
As of last Sunday, the official said there have already been 1,688 identified COVID-19 cases in the 205,000-strong police force. Of the total 315 are confirmed cases, 677 are Suspected Persons Under Investigation and 696 are Probable PUIs.
“Kayong lahat ay maituturing na mga bayani, kasama nang mga health workers at iba pang front-liners na buong giting at walang takot na humaharap sa hamon nang pandemyang dulot nang COVID 19,” the top cop said in a message beamed via Facebook Live.
Camp Crame held its 1st flag-raising rite since March 16, the start of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the country. But compared to pre-ECQ rites, yesterday’s flag-raising at the PNP national headquarters was short and simple with only Gamboa, his Command Group and eight other generals saluting the Flag as other participants fully observed social distancing and wore face masks.
It was in stark contrast to previous similar ceremonies which was usually attended by over 50 star-rank officers and colonels plus nearly a thousand other police uniformed and non-uniformed personnel.
Gen. Gamboa in his speech recounted how life has been at the police force since they started enforcing the ECQ.
“We see and experience so much suffering on many levels for so many people, and we pray prayers of thanksgiving if we have been spared from this illness and the devasting turbulent side effects from it,” he said.