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Honoring Peacekeepers Of The Country: The Philippine National Police

Following the retirement of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) General Pio Catapang last June, General Leonardo Espina also steps down from his post in the Philippine National Police (PNP). In his place,  in the PNP Change Of Command Ceremony in Camp Crame, held last July 16, 2015.

Photo Credit: Philstar.com

Knowing Our Police Force

In accordance with Republic Act 6975 aka. Department of the Interior and Local Government Act of 1990, the PNP we know today was officially formed in January 29, 1991, upon the merging of the Philippine Constabulary and Integrated National Police. With Headquarters located in Quezon City, the 160,000 strong force belongs under the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Leonardo Espina became the 19th PNP Chief in February 2015 following the removal of PNP Chief Alan Purisima from his post. The Force had suffered greatly in January, when 44 officers in the Special Action Force fell during the Mamasapano Maguindanao encounter.

The New PNP Chief Ricardo Marquez officially took over on July 19. As I listen to his inaugural speech, I have come to know the 20th PNP Chief as someone promising. In words put simply, like all the PNP Chiefs before him, he is not meek on wanting to make improvements and changes in the Police Service, for the betterment of this country – the safety of its people. (See: Marquez’s Inaugural Speech FULL TEXT)

Espina, on Tuesday, earlier remarked on Marquez’s “proven track record,” describing him, rather, to be a hardworking officer.” In his inaugural speech, he mentions a new anti-crime model they’ve been working on.

 

Looking Forward to Peace

I admire the force and its efforts to sustain peace within the nation’s borders. For instance, the PNP’s preparation for President Benigno Aquino III’s final State of the Nation Address (SONA) was substantial and, as Marquez put it, “not overkill.” I would like to believe that PNP is taking every step to observe peace within the country but what about us? What part do we play?

In keeping the peace, there should be mutual agreement amnong all concerned parties for the Police Force does not have simply one enemy. We keep blaming and blaming but what do we really do? In the end, rallies are futile and blaming reaps nothing. I support these peacekeepers in their intentions and admire all those who have joined the force for the greater good, not for self-profit or gain but genuinely for the peace.

Truly, there has not been enough thanks but criticism, not only toward the government but most especially even towards our Police force. And, in this scenario, we cannot blame them if they are discouraged by these strong oppositions that aim to further the demise rather than help the cause.

But for this matter also, it is very timely for events that promote our heroes rather than destroy them. Such was with the recently concluded “Songs For Heroes 2: Ang Mamatay ng Dahil Sa’yo,” a benefit concert under UNTV: Your Public Service Channel in which we showcased talents from and for the PNP and AFP. On behalf of the Filipino people who truly care, I support our peacekeepers and their sacrifices for our country throughout the years.

 

See also:

PNP Change of Command Ceremony (Video) | Rappler.com

TRANSCRIPT: SONA 2015 sa Wikang Filipino | UNTV Web

7 Reasons to Watch and Support Benefit Concerts like Songs For Heroes 2 | With Letters and Time

Songs For Heroes 2 | PNP Public Information Office

SAF44 Inspired Sequel Concert: Songs For Heroes 2 | Medium.com

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Dictates of Society: Stop Complaining, Get Involved

A few weeks ago I heard, as it was mentioned in an editorial from the Manila Bulletin, for the first time, the total number of registered overseas Filipino voters exceeded a million.

Somehow, this is a good sign for Philippine Politics.

This shows that more Filipinos want to be involved–want to change how things work.

 

Although, I must say, I have nothing major against the president and how he runs things, except maybe that thing about letting muslim Mindanao become a separate state. But let’s not talk about that.

So far, probably since the time I was born, PNoy has been the most non-corrupt president ever. His service to the people, despite not being perfect, is genuine. But he lacks something. And that is something I will discuss in another time.

Also, Bong Bong Marcos is probably going to make presidency not because the people see potential, but because the people are so submerged in hate and discontent with the present administration that they already refuse to see the good.

 

For now, yes, let us focus on the people–on us. Why are we a failure of a nation in the aspect of choosing the people who’ll run our government?

I’m not exactly convinced we care enough to make a change.

 

Sure, the government should be helping us out, but we shouldn’t be all talk either.

How is the economy doing? Good? Why? Is it because we’re purchasing products and brands of the Philippines rather than inviting foreign brands and companies to invest and open stores here?

Are you supporting our economy, are you supporting our tourism? Are we circulating the money that OFWs in our society bring home to invest in our economy’s growth or to be spent for foreign gain.

How much time do we spend on the internet playing DOTA than personally or as a group volunteering at charity foundations or rehabilitation centers–like, even if we’re nobody.

How much time do we spend everyday complaining than making better our society?

Have you donated blood within the past 3 months or so? Maybe even within the past year?

Are you a certified Deceased Donor? Will your organs be donated when you die so that the poor patients in our hospitals won’t have to die because they lost an organ, or so that people will STOP SELLING THEIR KIDNEYS for thousands of dollars or so that children won’t be randomly kidnapped and killed for their organs to be sold?

 

There are many things we can do as a society. Individually, we can start small.. but the small things eventually get bigger, contributing to the whole.

 

South Korea is a successful country today because they love and patronize their own.

My advice actually doesn’t only apply to Filipinos.

Corrupt administrations become a problem in many countries, but when the citizens refuse to see the good and degrade the already-degraded administration, nothing good comes out of it.

 

It’s not wrong to have an opinion. But it’s wrong to be opinionated only upon complaints and don’t do anything for the society despite the capacity to.

 

You don’t need to throw tomatoes, we are civilized enough to hear each other out: Government to People, People to Government. Afterall, it’s how the system should work.

 

Learn from the mistakes of our past. Don’t just vote, get involved.

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No Longer Colony

To my fellow Filipinos who, on various social media including youtube and twitter, ceaselessly beg that our country be colonized by the USA…

Don’t be stupid, the US government has their own problems to take care of too. It’s just a good thing they’re no longer shut down for one matter.

As for whether or not ANY country colonizes us, don’t beg for it. Especially don’t beg the West who are too busy teaching their students that the west was superior to east civilization, involving themselves in wars where they should have absolutely nothing to do with, and making too much liberty the downfall of their own society.

It’s one thing to go visit their countries, but to want to be them, look up to them and just give up on ours…? Such is idiocy.

I’ve said before, despite how I prefer to speak and how I point out the failures of our own government, I’m proud to be Filipino, to have this nation that was once advanced in culture and civilization, had systems, had leaders, had CULTURAL STANDARDS  that could still be in effect today.

We THINK we are greatly influenced by the west, so we succumb to that and continue to feel inferior to them. But don’t forget that they have nothing to be proud of–those great colonizers of the west who took away people and civilization, some of which were killed before being able to sprout or blossom.

We had a system of writing, of counting.

It wasn’t “isang milyon” but “isang libong libo.”

Not “eskwelahan” but “pamantasan.”

We learned to speak their languages, and as Filipinos, we aced in that aspect compared to our neighboring Asian countries.

We were number 1 in Asia once.

But we lack some things. Patriotism. An initiative. Pride. Willingness to Sacrifice.

Our farmers should have been the rich ones.

Our countrymen shouldn’t be aiming to buy iPhones and Chanel bags. Neither should we be proud of having those.

But we pit against our own economy those of other countries.

We succumb to the oppression that is more psychological than physical.

We endeavor to uphold our nation’s pride, but in acts, we deny it.

It’s time to cease this endless rants of how better off we would be under US reign.

If we were under US since long ago, I wouldn’t have opposed.

But when one nation achieves liberty as a country, and wish to restore its being a colony, it’s as shameful as having a potty-trained 6 year old wanting to wear diapers again because he saw his younger siblings in them and was jealous of the attention.

Our nation is more than potty-trained. At least acknowledge that much.

And let’s start helping our economy more and more, support home-grown fruits and products, and be ashamed of posting about imports.

Have you seen how South Korea has grown because of this?

It’s okay to like other country’s products and government and lifestyle, but rather than individually achieveing what they have for your own, why not bring those ideas, those examples to be applied and improved here as well.

I don’t think it’s easy. I’m not exactly sure.

But I know it’s possible.

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