Robredo reminds police: Building trust and peace as important as fight vs. crime, drugs

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Vice President Leni Robredo went to Malacanan Monday afternoon to pay a courtesy visit to President Rodrigo Duterte. She expressed her full support to the Duterte administration. (MNS photo)

Vice President Leni Robredo went to Malacanan Monday afternoon to pay a courtesy visit to President Rodrigo Duterte. She expressed her full support to the Duterte administration. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Aug 22 (Mabuhay) – The manner by which the fight against crime and illegal drugs is being carried out is as important as succeeding in the said endeavor, Vice President Leni Robredo said Monday.

“Marami tayong hinaharap na suliranin sa ating lipunan. Lahat po tayo ay naghahangad ng pagbabago. Ang pamamaraan ng pagbabago ay mahalaga sa ating kapayapaan, hindi lamang ang uri ng pagbabago na ating inaasam-asam,” Robredo said during the flag raising ceremony at the Philippine National headquarters in Camp Crame.

“Lahat ng Pilipino ay nangangarap ng lipunang walang droga at krimen. Ngunit kung paano natin ito mararating ay kasing importante ng mismong pangarap na ‘yon,” she added.

In her speech, Robredo underscored the need to foster “a community that can live together in peace.”

“Being excellent in our sworn jobs to serve and protect our countrymen is not all about what we do in the line of fire. It also means building the stability of institutions that keep the peace,” she said.

She added: “It’s not about deciding who dies or who lives. It’s also about making sure that when the fighting dies down, what’s left is a community that trusts more than fears.”

Robredo was guest of honor at the flag-raising ceremony at Camp Crame on Monday morning, for the fourth anniversary of the Philippine National Police’s Center for Police Strategy Management.

At the event, the Vice President noted that the establishment of the said unit was one of the last things her husband, former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, did before his death in 2012.

In her speech, she also referred to a letter her late husband wrote, addressed to police officers, where he noted transparency measures to stop corruption in the PNP, as well as benefits for members of the police force part of the PNP Integrated Transformation Program-Performance Governance System, also known as the “PNP Patrol Plan 2030.”

Robredo said the effective manner of fighting drugs and criminality lies in the said plan, among them the Police Integrated Patrol System to “intensify law enforcement operations,” as well as the improvemet of case management “to effectively manage investigation of crimes.”

Other initiatives of the plan include:

strategic planning and performance management;

initiatives to integrate and showcase PNP reforms;

reform of the budget system;

focus on organizational development to ensure “that there are safeguards to guard against abuse”;

improvement of human resource system to ensure “that each man in uniform is taken care of from recruitment to retirement”;

a good crime analysis program;

reform of logistics management system;

involving the community via barangay peacekeeping operations; and

better education and training system for police officers.

“Kinakailangan lamang maging tapat tayo sa buod at diwa ng Patrol Plan 2030 para maisakatuparan ang ating mga minimithi,” she said. (MNS)

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