President Aquino cites the Philippine National Police for achievements in peace and order despite equipment shortage

Saturday, July 6th, 2013. Filed under: Philippine News
President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the Ceremonial Distribution of brand new Glock 17 pistols to Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Tuesday (July 02, 2013). The new handguns form part of the 60,000 pistols purchased by the Philippine National Police through a P1.2-billion budget allocated through the PNP modernization program. According to a PNP advisory, around 600 individuals composed of officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), PNP, and the National Police Commission will receive the Glock17 pistols. In photo are Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and PNP Director General Alan Purisima. (MNS Photo).

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the Ceremonial Distribution of brand new Glock 17 pistols to Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Tuesday (July 02, 2013). The new handguns form part of the 60,000 pistols purchased by the Philippine National Police through a P1.2-billion budget allocated through the PNP modernization program. According to a PNP advisory, around 600 individuals composed of officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), PNP, and the National Police Commission will receive the Glock17 pistols. In photo are Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and PNP Director General Alan Purisima. (MNS Photo).

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III cited the Philippine National Police for its achievements in upholding the law and maintaining peace and order all over the country despite being burdened with its perennial problem of equipment shortages.

The President said that despite the lack of handguns, policecars and personnel, the PNP was able to bring down crime from 319,441 in 2010 to 217,812 in 2012; carnapping incidents down 40 percent; and kidnap for ransom down 73 percent for the same period.

“Positibong datos din ang resulta ng maigting ninyong pagsagupa sa Private Armed Groups. Animnapu’t tatlong porsyentong kabawasan sa bilang ng grupong ito ang naitala natin mula eleksyon 2010 hanggang nitong nakaraang halalan. Sa matagumpay namang operasyon ng OPLAN Katok, (a house-to-house visitation program to remind gun owners to renew or register their firearms or they will be considered as loose firearms) umabot na sa halos 465,000 unrenewed firearms licenses ang natukoy ninyo; mahigit 96,000 lisensya ng baril ang ni-renew, at mahigit 6,000 baril ang kinumpiska,” the President said.

“Sa lahat ng tagumpay ng ating kapulisan—sa pagtataguyod man ng kaayusan o sa pagsugpo ng krimen, hanggang sa pagsagip ng mga kababayan nating sinalanta ng kalamidad—nagpapasalamat tayo sa dedikasyon at propesyunalismo ng mga alagad ng batas,” he added.

He vowed to work for the modernization program of the PNP through supporting the PNP Operational Transformation Plan 2013 to 2016 that will augment the law enforcement personnel with the hiring of 15,000 non-uniformed personnel to help in administrative duties; additional equipment purchases and housing.

“Sa pamamagitan nito, sa halip na maghapong nakaposte sa mga presinto’t opisina ang ating mga pulis, magsisilbi silang karagdagang puwersa sa pagbabantay sa mga komunidad,” the President said.

“Kasado na rin dito ang pagbili natin ng 13,000 unit ng M-4 rifle para sa hanay natin sa field patrol. Tuloy-tuloy naman ang ating programang pabahay para maibsan ang inyong pasanin at ng inyong pamilya. Nakapagpatayo na tayo ng 21,800 na tahanan sa unang yugto ng programa para sa ating mga sundalo’t pulis. Mahigit 15,000 bahay na rin ang nakumpleto natin sa Phase 2, na sa duluhan ay aabot ng 31,200 ang Phase 2. Kasama na ring maninirahan sa maitatayong pamayanan ang mga kawani ng BFP, BuCor, at BJMP sa buong bansa,” he added.

“Kompiyansa po tayong sa paglilinis at pag-aangat ng antas ng inyong serbisyo, lalo pang aarangkada ang ating pambansang kapulisan. Puspusan namang kikilos ang gobyerno upang suklian ang inyong makabuluhang paglilingkod—kayo na handang masugatan sa bakbakan at sumuong sa anumang peligro, mailigtas lamang ang kapwa Pilipino. Patunayan nating laging nasa panig ng katuwiran ang ating kapulisan; patuloy nating tutukan ang kapakanan ng ating mga tunay na Hepe—ang sambayanan. Sabay-sabay nating asintahin at tunguhin ang katuparan ng ating kolektibong adhika para sa minamahal nating bansa,” the President further said. (MNS)

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