A Catholic priest on Wednesday urged police in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to address issues hounding the country’s police force.
Speaking during the PNP-ARMM “21st PNP Ethics Day Celebration” at Camp Gen. Salipada K. Pendatun here, Fr. Charlie Seloterio, parish priest of Parang, Maguindanao, said the police, especially in the ARMM, should address the negative issues of kidnapping, corruption, torture, “kotong, holidup wherein some PNP members were believed to be involved.
This year’s theme was: “PNP, Leading the Right Path Towards Credible and Noble Service.”
The activity had Fr. Siloterio, parish priest of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish, as guest of honor and speaker.
Siloterio said the negative issues confronting the PNP should be addressed to bring back peoples trust and confidence on the country’s top law enforcers.
Speaking to officers and men of PNP-ARMM, headed by Police Senior Supt. Noel P. Armilla, Fr. Siloterio, remembered the advocacy of former PNP-ARMM Regional Director Noel Delos Reyes.
Delos Reyes advocacy and slogan was: “Ang Marangal Na Pulis ay Dapat Bigyan ng Parangal, Ang Pulis na Hangal Ay Dapat Matanggal.”
He said this motto signifies cleansing and transformation in the PNP organization in the autonomous region.
“Ang negative image ng PNP ay mababago sa pagsisikap ng pamunuan ng PNP na linisin at ituwid ang hanay ng PNP at ibalik ang tiwala ng mamamayan (The negative image of PNP can be changed through the efforts of its leaders and men to bring back the trust of the populace),” the priest said.
”We cannot avoid temptation but we can resist it, sa pamamagitan ng pagiging tapat sa sinumpaang tungkulin, kailangan mayroon tayong prinsipyo at idiyalesmo, mamuhay ng simple, because if you live simply, you serve faithfully and wholeheartedly, ilagay ang Diyos na sentro ng ating buhay at mga gawain (Through honest service and religiously adhere to your oath of office, being principle and ideal and live simply because if you live simply, you serve faithfully and wholeheartedly then put God as the center of your life and work),” he said.
Siloterio also urged the police to live with the “4M’s” of police life: Maka-Diyos (pagmamahal at pag-ibig sa Diyos), Makabayan (Pagmamamahal at paglilingkod sa bayan) Makatao ( paggalang sa dignidad at karapatang pantao) at Makakalikasan(Proteksyon sa ating ekolohiya.”
Senior Supt. Marcelo Pintac, chief directorial staff and Senior Supt. Elilzalde Quiboyen handed over a memento to Fr. Siloterio after the program. (PNA)Add a comment