By: Glazyl Y. Masculino
BACOLOD City – “Don’t fail us.”
This was stressed by Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, director of Police Regional Office (PRO)-6, as he lauded the 224 police recruits who graduated the seven-month Public Safety Basic Recruit Course held at the Regional Training Center (RTC) in Barangay Mansilingan here Friday, October 25.
Of the 500 applicants, only 224 were qualified to undergo the said course since March, which makes you a special group of gentlemen, Pamuspusan said.
These past few weeks the Philippine National Police (PNP) has been in the limelight because of the issues on “ninja cops” and alleged involvement of high ranking officials in the illegal drug trade. This has led some to label the organization as a failed institution, despite the many accomplishments that we did against crimes, particulary on illegal drugs, Pamuspusan said.
“It’s amazing to see young and idealistic professionals finish the course, despite the recent controversy of the organization,” he said.
“Regardless of your motivation in joining the police service, I believe that you are also considering the idea that you will strengthen this institution,” he said.
He said it’s not easy to choose the police service because it has many regulations and policies that you have to hurdle and “I must say that you passed with excellence.”
“This is a clear manifestation that the best has yet to come. You took oath as boys, and graduated as men. You are the new breed of police officers who will bring back the old glory of the police, basically the police transformation that we hope to see,” he added.
Pamuspusan urged them to be the best police officers that they can be.
“Keep your grounds strong, love your organization, and keep its name and fidelity of oath,” he told the police recruits.
“It is our aspiration to bring into the PNP organization police officers who are not just competent, motivated, values-oriented, but also disciplined,” he said.
“Make your family and loved ones proud of you. Congratulations for pursuing your goals to join the police organization,” he said.
The future of the PNP lies on the young recruits and patrolman of the organization, he said.