President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has urged graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) to be catalysts for restoring the public trust in the PNP amid the current challenges the organization is facing.
“As the citizen’s peacekeeping force, be just, be morally upright, and commit yourself to protecting and defending the rights of our people notwithstanding the current challenges faced by the PNP organization,” Marcos said during the 44th Commencement Exercises of the PNPA MASIDTALAK Class of 2023 at Camp General Mariano Castañeda in Silang, Cavite on Friday, March 10.
“I also ask you to be catalysts for restoring public trust in the Philippine National Police, and to be recognized as protectors and defenders of peace, order, and human rights,” Marcos added.
The President further told the new police officers to fulfill their duties and responsibilities with fairness and impartiality, regardless of status in society.
“Public service must be devoid of prejudice, of favoritism, or discrimination, for all Filipinos are entitled to equal rights and opportunities,” he stressed.
Marcos congratulated them for completing their cadetship program despite the limitations imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
He told the graduates that it was their diligence, perseverance, and commitment that brought them to this moment.
He, however, reminded them that it was only the “beginning of your ceaseless pursuit of honor, integrity, and service.”
“I hope that you will use this time to recollect your past experiences and live up to the name of your class— MASIDTALAK— ‘Maaasahang Tagapagsilbi ng Inang Bayan na may Dangal at Katapatan na ang Layunin [ay] Kapayapaan’,” Marcos said.
Meanwhile, the chief executive also assured the police force that his administration will support plans and programs aimed at delivering more responsive, efficient, and effective services to the people.
He told them to utilize the government’s resources and synergize efforts “to create a more secure, a more peaceful, a more harmonious society that allows every Filipino to realize their goals and to reach their utmost potential.” — Betheena Unite
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