MANILA (Mabuhay) – Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima on Thursday assured that the 145,000-strong organization remained focus and steadfast in accomplishing its mission amid controversies hounding the organization.
At a press conference, Purisima said the PNP will not be dissuade by controversies that sometime overshadowed the accomplishment of the organization. In fact, the chief PNP said that the morale of the PNP remains high.
”In spite of the recent controversies affecting the PNP that has somehow ‘distracted’ public attention from our continuing transformation and reforms, we are undertaking to raise the level of our competencies to better serve the people as operationalized by our intensified campaigns against organized crime, illegal drugs, loose firearms, and wanted persons. Our operating units maintained their strategic focus according to our action priorities and accomplished the mission, nonetheless,” said Purisima.
”At any rate, morale remains high within the ranks because of all these commendable accomplishments and we also stand steadfast and strong for the people we serve and protect,” he added.
Purisima cited the controversy now surrounding the arrest of real estate magnate Delfin Lee, whose camp is using his supposed delisting from the PNP’s List of Most Wanted as defense in claiming that his (Lee’s) arrest was illegal.
Lee was nabbed by elements of the PNP Task Force Tugis in Manila.
He maintained that what is more important is that Lee is now behind bars and can face trial.
The chief PNP also cited the PNP’s intensified operations against the illegal drugs has been yielding positive results during the first two months of 2014.
Purisima said the PNP, in partnership with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), has been aggressive in its efforts against the proliferation of illegal drugs.
”Let me point out that the PNP accomplished all these under the noise of controversies being hurled against us because we remain focused on the job and will not allow irrelevant side issues to affect us in performing our sworn duty,” said Purisima. (MNS)