WE RUN into the occasional headline that puts the morale of the Philippine National Police (PNP) at a low ebb, like when Julianne Love de Jesus rights in the Philippine Daily Inquirer of April 21, 2015 that “The recent arrest of a convicted drug lord and his security escort—a jail guard—over an illegal drug transaction has affected the morale of the anti-illegal drugs unit of the Philippine National Police.”

We run into the occasional headline that puts the morale of the PNP at a high, like when Amita Legaspi writes for GMA News on July 6, 2016 that “The morale of the Philippine National Police remains high even after President Rodrigo Duterte tagged three active police generals and two retired police officials for their alleged involvement in the drug trade, PNP Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa said on Wednesday.”

We hear that morale in the PNP might currently be low because of President Rodrigo Duterte’s abolition of the PNP’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG), which is linked most lately to the death of a Korean businessman within the walls of Camp Crame itself, prompting the president to say that the PNP is “corrupt to the core.”

So there is high morale and there is low morale in the PNP depending on what is happening and how it affects them. There also seems to be an unbelievable level of crime going on within the very ranks of those put in positions of trust, positions from where they are supposed to fight that crime and protect the nation. And on this, the good “Bato” has his hands overly full. Not to mention that he has to also see to the morale of the good cops in his basket, the nation’s basket.

But let me point out that there are times when “low morale” is bruited about as if it was an excuse for non-performance. I.e., “Wala kang maasahan sa police kasi low morale sila.” Granted that morale is a valid management concern, if every other government servant in the Philippines struggling over corruption in his/her office opted to stay in bed instead of going to work and getting his/her honest day done because “low morale” affected them, it would be unacceptable.

The order of each working day is to get the job done, be it a time of low morale or of high morale.