PRESIDENT Gloria Arroyo directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to bring political and media killings to zero.
In her speech before guests graduates of Kaisang Bisig Class of 2009 of the Philippine National Police Academy in Camp Castaneda in Silang, Cavite, President Arroyo said: “We must bring political killings to zero including assassinations of government officials and media personalities.”
She also ordered PNP Chief Director General Jesus Verzosa who was present in the event to provide protection to Davao-based radio journalist Elgin Damasco who has been receiving death threats.
President Arroyo also underscored the need to invest in key programs for Filipinos which is public safety as she urged the new graduates to “keep the people safe.”
”Our people have given you the rare opportunity to develop your potential. Go now and give back what you received and keep the people safe,” she said.
”As you keep the people safe, you will be able to carry out to your careers,” she added.
Mrs. Arroyo also directed Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno to add more slots in PNPA enrolment next year from 380 to 400, and the upgrading of the academy’s clinic to a hospital so it could also serve residents in the area.
”Inatasan ko ang upgrade ng PNPA hospital.. pati clinic gawin nating primary hospital para makapaglingkod na din sa kapaligiran at hindi lang dito (I have ordered the upgrade of the clinic to a primary hospital so it could serve neighboring residents),” she said.
Of the 304 PNPA graduates, 266 were commissioned to the PNP, 25 to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and 13 to the Bureau of Fire Protection.
Roan Marie Bascugin, a lady cadet, is this year’s class valedictorian. Philippine News Agency