Aquino hits Delfin Lee captor, 2 others for ‘disservice’

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III slammed Tuesday an unnamed police officer for complaining before the media and two other officials for quarrelling.

Aquino was apparently referring to former Task Force Tugis head Senior Superintendent Conrad Capa, who raised his opposition through the media when the Philippine National Police (PNP) leadership decided to re-assign him as the Deputy Regional Director for Operations of the Central Visayas Regional Police Office shortly after the arrest last month of high profile fugitive, real estate magnate Delfin Lee.

The other two officials, whom the President was also apparently alluding to, were Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) president Ruben Platon and Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) head Chief Superintendent Noel Constantino, who engaged in a fight.

"Syempre, by definition, may masarap o magandang pwesto; may pangit na pwesto. Pwede ba tayong 'I am volunteering for the good positions only?' Sino kaya ang magvo-volunteer sa bad? And this person, unfortunately, was not getting a bad position. At sabihin na nating nagpakita siya ng gilas, he should be rewarded and acknowledged, but at the same time pumasok sa kaisipan ko naman dito: 'Okay ito ah, goes out on media, says this and that, keeps quiet for a while, then goes back on a media tour'—and I really think that's a disservice," Aquino said.

"Pinahamak niya 'yung institution na [sa] pagkatagal-tagal ng buhay niya ay pinaglingkuran niya," he added.

The President also cited the issue between the officials of PNPA and PPSC that stemmed from the non-inclusion of Platon on the list of those who should have conferred the degree to the graduates of PNPA.

Aquino attended the PNPA graduation rites on Monday in Silang, Cavite.

"Kahapon talagang medyo minamalas tayo pagdating sa PNP yata lately. Kahapon talagang aaminin ko sa inyo medyo na-delay ako nang konti pagpunta sa PNPA dahil hindi ko matanggal sa isip ko 'yung bangayan ng dalawang senior na mga namamahala sa PNPA," he said.

"Sa totoo lang po, hanggang kagabi bago ako matulog hindi ko matanggal sa isip ko 'yung kataga o 'yung linya [na] 'ano ba kayo, mga bata?' At ang tanong, paano kaya 'yung mga kadeteng nasa pag-aaruga ninyo?" the President said.

But during the ceremony in Camp Crame, Aquino also hailed Police Inspector Marjorie Manuta, the only female awardee, for what she did shortly after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) ravaged Leyte province last November.

Manuta was only one of the few policemen in Tacloban City who immediately responded even if she walked five to six kilometers to perform her duty.

The President called on the 146,000-strong PNP to do their job well, as 97 million Filipinos depend on them.

"Let's us make them believe every day that their trust in all of us was correctly placed," he said. (SDR/Sunnex)

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