Amid controversies involving the PNP
TACLOBAN CITY- A top police official in the region asked members of the police organization here in Leyte to respect their uniform and not engage in any illegal activities.
Controversies involving some personnel of the police organization do nothing good but only taint and destroy the organization, Chief Supt. Roberto Badian, regional police chief for administration, said.
Badian issued this remarks during the turnover of command at the Leyte Police Provincial Office on Saturday (April 29) with S/Supt. Norberto Tuazon replacing S/Supt. Franco Simborio who was assigned at the regional police headquarters.
“Always pursue (in) doing good to cleanse the image of the Philippine National Police (PNP). You still have miles to go in the PNP service; you will not go wrong if you are doing it right,” Badian said.
Badian said that controversies involving policemen like the kidnapping and killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo and the recent discovery of a secret jail at one of the police stations in Metro Manila should not happen in the province.
In previous interviews, Chief Supt. Elmer Beltejar, police regional director, said that the police personnel in the region are professional and adheres to rule of law.
Several human rights groups and advocates have strongly expressed their opposition to the controversial illegal drug war being waged by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, claiming that this result to extrajudicial killings.
Police officials have insisted that they don’t condone to any killings outside to any police legitimate operations.
Badian added that Leyte police organization is very lucky to have a supportive governor who always provide their needs that contribute to their good performance in fighting all forms of criminalities.
Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla, for his part, urges Tuazon and his men to pursue in earning the trust of the people.
“We can do nothing if we will not gain (the) support from the people. We need to harmonize our efforts and gain their trust for our fight to succeed,” Petilla said.
Tuazon, meanwhile, said that their campaign will bound to failure if they will not have the support from the government and the public in particular.