President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr. administers the oath-taking of the 55 newly promoted star-rank generals of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in a ceremony at the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace on Wednesday, 27 September 2023. Photo by Yummie Dingding.
President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr. administers the oath-taking of the 55 newly promoted star-rank generals of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in a ceremony at the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace on Wednesday, 27 September 2023. Photo by Yummie Dingding.

PBBM: Zero-tolerance policy for corruption, human rights abuses within PNP

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday asked the newly promoted star-rank officers of the Philippine National Police to ensure that all uniformed personnel adhere to the highest standards of ethics, professionalism, and respect for human rights.

During the oathtaking ceremony in Malacañang, Marcos emphasized these officers' critical role in leading a reinvigorated police force dedicated to integrity, competence, and genuine service to the people.

"As you take your oath today, you assert your new role as leaders of a renewed police force, one that takes pride in its integrity and competence and the genuine service to the people," Marcos said.

"Our people expect to see reforms under your leadership, positive changes that will make the agency more capable, responsive, and truly corruption-free, even amidst the many challenges that we face at present," he added.

President Marcos Jr. underscored that the foundation of effective law enforcement lies in public trust, which is nurtured through constant and open public engagement.

He urged the new generals to prioritize dialogue, collaboration, and cooperation within their communities, fostering mutual respect and support.

"To achieve this," he said, "it is imperative that we reiterate our zero-tolerance policy for corruption and human rights abuses within the PNP and for that matter in all of government."

He further encouraged these officers to lead by example and inspire their subordinates to follow the same principles.

President Marcos Jr. assured that the national government would continue to support the modernization of the PNP, providing the latest technology, training, and resources to enhance its capabilities.

In his concluding remarks, President Marcos Jr. rallied the nation, saying, "Hand in hand, let us lead our nation towards genuine and meaningful transformation. May this milestone in your career inspire you further to lead once more with excellence and honor as you drive the PNP towards a new Philippines that is safer, more just, and more prosperous for every Filipino."

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