Aquino to new cops: Let’s not fail our boss



President Benigno S. Aquino III congratulates class valedictorian Jhon Felix Pascual Jr. of Class Tagapamagitan during the Philippine National Police Academy’s 34th Commencement Exercise at Camp Mariano N. Castaneda, Silang Cavite Friday, March 22, 2013. LYN RILLON

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III challenged new graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy Friday to prioritize the welfare of the marginalized in the face of temptations that they may meet along their way of serving the public.

In the commencement exercises of class Tagapamagitan 2013 in Silang Cavite, Aquino noted the alleged involvement of police officers in alleged anomalies, particularly the sacking of several officials in the Caraga Region over illegal logging activities and in the Atimonan shooting incident that killed 13 people.

“Malinaw po ang batas ko bilang Commander-in-Chief at hindi optional ang pagsunod sa batas. Wala akong sisinuhin sa nagtitigas-tigasan pa rin sa ating kautusan,” the President said.

Aquino also noted “clear” operational lapses in the Atimonan incident in Quezon, saying that justice was placed in the hands of some men.

But the President said his statement was not meant to motivate negativism, but was a way of preparing the incoming officers for the challenges that they may face in their chosen profession.

“My order to Tagapamagitan Class of 2013: Let’s not fail our boss – the Filipino people. I am hopeful that in the midst of the temptations of wealth and power, you will put the interests of the oppressed,” Aquino said in Filipino.

“More than offering protection, you will serve as intermediaries who will bring the citizenry closer to the men in uniform, the bridge that will bring peace and order in our lives and will unite every Juan dela Cruz amidst differences and conflicts in society,” he said.

In the performance of their duty, Aquino said he expected that the officers would follow what’s right and what they think would be the best for the majority.

He also asked them to be fair in the manner of how they would address problems within their agencies.

“At this juncture where you are steeped in idealism and eager to be of service, perhaps this will be easy to say ‘yes, we are ready to serve the Filipino”, Aquino said, adding that this is best measured by how they pair their words with concrete actions.

There are 252 graduates under class Tagapamagitan, 90 percent of who are set to enter the police force while the rest will be deployed with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and Bureau of Fire Protection.

Members of the graduating Class Tagapamagitan hold a parade during the Philippine National Police Academy’s 34th Commencement Excercise at Camp Mariano N. Castaneda, Silang Cavite, Frdiay, March 22, 2013. LYN RILLON

Lawyer Ruben R. Platon, president of the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC)—the agency that administers the PNPA—said members of  this year’s graduating class have  adopted “Tagapamagitan,” as the name for their class  which means,  mediator or arbitrator, as they aim to  bridge the gap between the members of law enforcement and the community.

The PPSC president also said male cadets dominated this year’s top 10 with 22-year-old cadet from Iguig, Cagayan identified as Jhon Felix Gutierrez Pascual Jr. at the number one post.

As the top graduate, Pascual received the Presidential Kampilan Award from Aquino, as well as the Chief PNP Kampilan Award from PNP Chief Alan Purisima.

Cadet Christian Palustre Javier, 25, from Masanlay, Oriental Mindoro, placed second, while cadet Davis Vicente Dulawan, 23, from Lamut, Ifugao, placed third.

Other top 10 graduates include, Cadets Mohammad Fadhad Dinampo Julwadi, 23, from Sta. Barbara, Zamboanga City (4th place); Markson Solomon Almeranez, from Sta. Mesa, Manila (5th place); Aiman Jumlani Kamlon, from Jolo, Sulu (6th place); Mark Francis Tupaz Bauya, from Abuyog, Leyte (7th place); Nino Villanueva Aquiatan from Taft, Eastern Samar (8th place); Aiman Khuzaimah Pagayawan Pantaran, from Lanao del Norte, (9th place); and ZynonAclinenPaiking, from La Trinidad, Benguet (10th place.)

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  • WeAry_Bat

    Just continue giving them new, dependable firearms. It will keep them busy devirginizing it on brutal criminals.

  • blue01

    Let’s not fail our Boss?? You’re currently failing your boss, Mr. President with how you handling the Sabah crisis.

    • DGuardian

      Yes. Such hypocrisy. Who is his boss? Malaysia?

    • Matambaka

      TAMA…ma sariling mundo talaga.

  • $14141131

    Aquino to new cops: “Don’t follow me, I sorely failed the boss.”

  • HarryK

    Do not introduce the innocent newcomers to the venality of our police force.

  • bogli_anakdami

    … “Aquino to new cops: ‘Let’s not fail our boss’”…
    … dang! a subtle way to tell the kotong graduates to increase tong collections for bossings…
    … hay naku, flips puro kayo gung gongs…

  • CommonSens6


    “I am hopeful that in the midst of the temptations of wealth and power,
    you will put the…

    …interests of the oppressed,” Aquino said in Filipino.


  • nparvus1202

    Nagtawanan siguro mga pulis! Bwahahaha. Epic fail!

  • bogli_anakdami

    … i paid Pph700 “fine” for not wearing a seat belt in the corner right outside the dilapilated NAIA…
    … with the current kotong graduates, sana hindi tumaas ang lagay oooopsie kotong oooopsie ulit “fine” (daw)…

    • superpilipinas

      why did you not wear a seatbelt? why did you pay money?

      • bogli_anakdami

        … bekos i was in a hurry to get off the taxi… and the taxi driver didn’t have the time and datong…

      • milo go

        What an idiot. You complain about corruption and you started it. That is not an excuse and that is one big stupid problem with us Filipinos we complain but we do not practice what is right

      • CommonSens6

        There’s a time to fight it but not when you’re in a hurry to catch a flight. Tell me you wouldn’t part with your 12 dollars and rather just miss a flight?

      • HarryK

        Easily said when it does not happen to you. What if where you are going you will be needing your driver’s license as identification?

      • bogli_anakdami

        … milo gong gong… pulis kotong are stationed in that spot to specifically look for unsuspecting ofw hurrying to get the fak out of flipland… i paid the Pph700 to pulis kotong not to “confiscate” taxi driver’s lisensya…

      • tadasolo

        That is the easy way out and you deserve it.

      • Eric

        How long was the taxi ride? 10 seconds?

      • bogli_anakdami

        t’was ten seconds after i took off my seatbelt… pulis kotong was waiting for that chance… for an ofw, it’s a hellish ten seconds…

      • bogli_anakdami

        … t’was ten seconds after i took off the seatbelts… for an ofw, it’s a hellish ten seconds…

    • Eric

      Follow the rules. No excuses.
      Then they will have no reason to kotong. Simple lang.

      • bogli_anakdami

        … do flipland traposakals follow the rules?
        … i don’t think so…
        … flipland traposakals are the supreme kotongeros… book ‘em dano!

  • batangsulpok

    Siguradong karamihan pag nag-retire ay mga milyonaryo tulad ng mga PMAers.

  • Spokesman2

    Welcome to the “kotong club”

  • joerizal

    Sino’ng boss? Malaysia at China?

  • superpilipinas

    2 things i’d like this government to do:

    1. operatives to record video of planned operations. no excuse not to do it.
    2. independent armed and equipped force to probe and jail erring PNP and other law enforcement agencies’ personnel.


      Or maybe if manning the checkpoint one must not hold a gun esp if its a tipped operation, one member should be assigned to carry a video cam..if its ordinary checkpoint it must ne up and ready in case something burst out..much better to call media if its a large opration,just like what they are doing in raids..

    • noyab

      and also the surveilance they are conducting….kahit wala sinasabi na under surveilance kuno…..

  • wawa2172

    Do not fail your Boss? I guess the word “boss” somehow irritating na whenever Noy talk about it. Is he referring to the people or si Danding na uncle nya. The boss from Sulu were snub by him and the DFA dahil isinantabi ang letter ni Kiram on Sabah claim. Its election time and sweetened talks are made to attract voters.

    • bogli_anakdami

      … calling the flipland/flip gung gongs’ supreme ruler by his/her cutie potootie nicknames/alias, i.e. pnoy, ate sh!ts, etchastera etc show how useless the flips are…

      … “boss” is sooooo thuggish…

      … hoy mga flip gung gongs… learn to respect yourselves, will you?

  • aeon888

    Aquino to new cops: “Let’s not fail our boss”.
    Aquino was referring to the Malaysian government. Aquino ordered the new cops not to fail the Malaysians in arresting the Royal Sulu army and its supporters.
    AS new cops, with determination and zeal, let us not fail the Malaysians by making sure we arrest and put to jail all the Sultan’s people and also as cops let us harass them with our newfound power and police badge.

  • Simoun Magaalahas

    Abnoy Aquino huwag munang gamitin ang salitang boss nakakasuka lang pakinggan!!!

  • go88

    Abnoy’s stating let’s not fail ‘our boss’ with his fake grin, thinking ‘ you dumb filipinos don’t fail to uncle cojuangco and my other fellow chinese who invested so much in my presidential campaign’ ….

  • Billy Reyes

    there is only 1 thing which is true nobody in this whole world would become the President of the Philippines & change our country quickly.
    Even Jesus Christ for president could not turn this country around that quick. No laws, no great leadership could perfectly solve our problem. The people were a big part of the success of the great nation.
    Tayong mga Filipino ay tamad, ningas kugon, walang sumusunod sa simpleng batas, show-off/mayabang, kultura ng pakikisama/cronies. very shallow people.
    At least this President is showing a difference to fight against corruption.

    • CommonSens6

      He’s not showing a difference in my book. Of course that’s only IMHO.

    • Brax82

      Either your so High on drugs, or you are living in another country.

    • anermarcelo30

      don’t include all filipinos…..if you accepted all filipinos are like that then that’s your opinion….there are also industrious, persistent, determined, humble, professionals, creative, broad minded filipinos…you meet the wrong crowd

  • milo go

    What I like about this president is the consistent message he carries to all those who work in the government. It is all up to us to follow the law and do the right thing and makes sure we complain and file a protest to those who violate the law.

    • Brax82

      Yeah and he does the complete opposite after… Even pays to bail out criminals who are included in his KKK. Good job to your beloved president. Feel free to follow him and make a complete idiot of yourself.

  • $18209031

    Dont forget to mag kokotong pag masungayan na. When the horns of Satan grows on you, then you can make a lot of money . That is the culture of PNP, unspoken and unbridled.

  • noyab

    mr abnoy did you put the interests of the oppressed hacienda luisita farmers or the interest of the hacienda earning first…..

  • geminimind

    “My laws are clear being commander in chief and it’s not an option to follow the law”
    Which laws are this in particular are you talking about?specially your laws.

  • gerryjoaquin

    hindi pa naguumpisa itong mga pulis masama na agad ang kahulugan ng pangalan ng kanilang batch. ang tawag sa tagapamagitan sa mga opisina ng gobyerno ay fixer. bawal na bawal yan kay pnoy.

    • Eric

      Correct! Or taga areglo. Noticed that too. The name is weak, lacks confidence and authority.

  • mekeni62


  • Eric

    Too late…..their years in that poor excuse for an academy was spent carrying out ” produce money” commands of their upperclass. This habit will only grow once their out there. It’s a business school! Walang sinabi ang AIM.

  • bogli_anakdami

    … calling the flipland/flip gung gongs’ supreme ruler by his/her cutie potootie nicknames/alias, i.e. pnoy, ate sh!ts, etchastera etc show how useless the flips are…
    … “boss” is sooooo thuggish…
    … hoy mga flip gung gongs… learn to respect yourselves, will you?

  • bogli_anakdami

    … calling the flipland/flip gung gongs’ supreme ruler by his/her cutie potootie nicknames/alias, i.e. pnoy, ate sh!ts, etchastera etc show how useless the flips are…
    … “boss” is sooooo thuggish…
    … hoy mga flip gung gongs… learn to respect yourselves, will you?



  • bahaykubo1015

    Hypocrite Abnoy!! Sinong Boss ang pinagsasabi mo????


    TO the new graduates: Make your country and kabayans proud of you….obliterate KOTONGAN and LAGAYAN to smithereens and change the entire culture of police service in this nation under the able leadership of Allan Purissima.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Ang daming bagong ‘kotong’. Patay na naman tayo nyan.

  • novaliches

    maski ano pa ang sabihin ninyo, Team Pinoy pa rin ang mananalo, dahil ang boboto ay mga —– —-, ah ewan.

  • novaliches

    ang politico ay mga taong gustong maging artista pero pangit. doon sa entablado sila kumakanta at sumasayaw.

  • $14334231

    ikaw, anong nagawa mo na sa boss mo?…puro salita at ngiti ka lang, penoy….wala namang nangyayari…..dapat tawag sa’yo di na penoy…mula ngayon, ang bago mong palayaw ay “BALUT”…’re just like the duck’s embryo that’s has no inkling of his surroundings thus, ginawang “BALUT” na lang….

  • speedstream2

    If only it was all that easy. For starters, there’s a pressing need to stop the culture of of impunity, which includes punishment asap for crooked members of society, particularly those in high places. Then there’s the need for leadership by example, particularly by government officials, and, of course, parents and other persons who are vested with moral ascendancy by virtue of their place in society. We need to keep at it with no let-up.

  • buttones

    Despite the trite saying‘boss’ In the entire history of PH there was NEVER a time the people of PH were considered the ‘boss’ even in 1946..when we, the people actually took on that roll- it’s just a silly saying, it’s meaningless, it’s clichéd it’s banal and unoriginal – and it’s simply not true.
    Once we have voted this way or that, it is all out of our hands, on one day
    every three or six years we might be a ‘boss’, for the rest of the time we aren’t. Be careful
    with your vote, it’s all you have…

  • JasonBieber

    The major lapses also came from PNoy and Malacanang.

    It would good for PNoy to have improved the procedural tactics and the processes of the PNP but he has not done that. All he’s done is change a person here and there and give speeches.

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