Aquino to incoming policemen: Be honest, dedicated public servants

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Saturday, March 24, 2012


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III urged on Saturday the incoming policemen to be honest and dedicated public servants and not allow themselves to be tempted by corruption.

The Chief Executive's call to the 220 graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) during their graduation rites in Cavite province was similar to his message to the Philippine Military Academy students who recently graduated and would enter the military service.

“Paglabas ninyo sa akademya, bubulaga sa inyo ang mga tukso at katiwalian—susubuking pahinain ang inyong propesyunalismo ng sistemang palakasan, at tutumbasan ng limpak-limpak na pera ang inyong dangal at prinsipyo,” he said.

The President said he expects the graduates to uphold the moral values they learned from their parents and from the academy.

The country will never be progressive if there are officials who support corruption and act contrary to the expectations of the people, the President said.

He added, however, that if government servants work with honesty and dedication, the public will always support them.

Aquino said doing what is right creates a more stable and stronger economy as it produces more jobs, strong government finances, well-funded education system, and better healthcare. This will eventually liberate the people from poverty, he added.

Of the 220 graduating officers, 185 will be joining the Philippine National Police (PNP), 14 with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and 21 with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

Among those who were present during Saturday’s graduation rites were Vice President Jejomar Binay, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jessie Robredo, PNP Director General Nicanor Bartolome, PNPA director Police Senior Superintendent Nestor Fajura and Philippine Public Safety College president Ruben Platon. (SDR)

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