Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go expressed his respect and admiration for the country’s law enforcers as he attended the oath-taking ceremony of newly-licensed criminologists and the induction of new members of the Professional Criminologists Association of the Philippines (PCAP) Inc. yesterday at the Philippine International Convention Center.
In his message, Go expressed his appreciation for law enforcement officers in the country and commended how they were able to rebuild and improve their reputation in the public eye due to their discipline and integrity.
He also affirmed his support for measures promoting the welfare of the country’s law enforcers, including the Height Equality Act filed by Sen. Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, to be implemented in the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureaau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).
Go noted that he has likewise filed a measure to provide free legal assistance to police and military officers, explaining that law enforcers sometimes hesitate to implement the full force of the law as they fear harassment from powerful personalities who may file cases against them in the course of performing their official duties.
In July last year, President Rodrigo Duterte’s former top aide filed Senate Bill 393, or an Act Providing Free Legal Assistance To Any Officer or Enlisted Personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the PNP on Any Charge Before the Prosecutor’s Office, Court or Any Competent Body Arising from an Incident or Incidents Related to the Performance of Official Duty.
Go also shared that “the long-term modernization plans of the PNP and AFP are being implemented as scheduled.”
“We also continue to modernize and strengthen the capabilities of the BFP through training and the provision of new equipment, such as the brand-new firetrucks and equipment we distributed last 11 February,” Go said.
Go then pledged to pay back all the hardships and sacrifices of the police with his unrelenting support in promoting their welfare and in delivering fast, accessible and quality services for their families.