Bongbong Marcos to PNP: Use of force must be reasonable, justifiable and only when necessary | Inquirer News

Bongbong Marcos to PNP: Use of force must be reasonable, justifiable and only when necessary

/ 10:58 AM August 08, 2022
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MANILA, Philippines — Calling them “vanguards of peace”, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday reminded the Philippine National Police (PNP) that the use of force in their operations must be reasonable, justifiable and carried out only when necessary.

During the 121st Police Service Anniversary celebration at Camp Crame, Marcos Jr. said the PNP’s application of its mandate must be “firmly grounded on moral principles, integrity, accountability and honesty” to ensure continued public rapport and support.

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“For instance, the use of force must always be reasonable, justifiable and only undertaken when necessary. Execution of authority must be fair, it must be impartial,” Marcos Jr. said.

“It must be devoid of favoritism and discrimination, regardless of race, gender, social economic status, political affiliation, religious belief and the like. It is only then that you can effectively sustain with great respect and wide support the authority that you possess as uniformed servicemen of the Republic,” he added.

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Nonetheless, Marcos believes that the PNP has “done well and continue to do so in this regard.”

“You have proven you’re worthy of the uniform that you sport and the office that you represent, especially during these terrible times when disorder and lawlessness occurs anytime because of many other serious concerns in our society,” Marcos said.

Further, the President reminded the PNP to conduct its business with utmost integrity and accountability.

“Let us not let us not allow even a hint of dishonesty and abuse to enter into that narrative. You are the vanguards of peace. You set the example of the kind of leaders that we need to overcome the hindrances of today,” Marcos Jr. said.

“As we forge ahead and continue with the journey, I am thankful to know that in this administration we have the PNP beside us serving as a reliable partner in making sure that the path we’ll be walking is conducive to the ultimate transformation we have long been working for and aspiring to,” he added.

Marcos Jr. likewise praised newly-appointed PNP chief Police Lt. Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr., saying the right leader for the police force was chosen.

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“I am confident that we have chosen the right leader in his person to help the PNP so that it continues to evolve, continues to grow and to develop into a well balanced institution, effective and capable of steadfast rendering faithful service to our sovereign nation and all its citizens,” Marcos Jr. said.

“With our new PNP chief at the helm, the upgrade of the PNP will be inevitable. The police force shall emerge stronger, more accessible and more responsive, more inclusive, more relevant than ever,” the President added.

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