FROM police officers who have bravely defended their stations from heavily-armed New People’s Army despite being outnumbered or outgunned in Bicol and Samar to those who have recently sacrificed their lives while guarding teachers in Sulu, the Philippine National Police will never run out of daily heroes.
Philippine National Police spokesman Brigadier General Bernard M. Banac said add to the list the countless number of policemen who have been showing “one commendable act” everyday: running after fleeing snatchers, saving people who are about to jump from a bridge or a building rooftop or helping a mother in pain give birth to her child while in a vehicle.
“The PNP mission to serve and protect our country and people offers great opportunity for every hero to rise among the 195,000 brave souls in the PNP. Even if it needs to happen everyday, the PNP will never run out of heroes,” Banac said.
The PNP, headed by General Oscar D. Albayalde, joined the Filipino nation in paying homage to the country’s national heroes.
“We pay fitting tribute to all other known or unknown men and women who sacrificed their lives for Philippine freedom,” Banac said.
“This legacy of gallantry and heroism by our forebears in the Philippine Revolution against Spanish rule, the resistance against Japanese occupation and the democratic struggle against American colonizaton, continues to live on amongst nameless contemporary Filipino heroes.
“The Philippine National Police has embraced this legacy of valor, service and sacrifice as fundamental principles to its core values of service, honor and justice that describe every police campaign and mission against threats to peace and democracy, that the PNP would ever so dutifully accomplish even at the cost of offering the supreme sacrifice,” Banac said.
Albayalde and National Capital Region Police Office director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar led the police commemoration of the Heroes Day at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio.