Eleazar commends cops’ kindness, ‘bayanihan’ spirit

Philippine National Police Chief General Guillermo Eleazar (Photo courtesy of PNP)

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar has lauded his police officers for their good deeds beyond their duty and spirit of “bayanihan.”

“I commend these acts of kindness by our police personnel to help our countrymen,” he said in a statement.

Eleazar praised the PNP front-liners after a policewoman joined the list of cops who worked beyond their duty and mandate to help less fortunate individuals, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In Barangay Old Capital Site, Quezon City, Lt. Jean Aguada of the Anonas police’s Station Community Affairs and Development Section (SCADS) voluntarily breastfed a five-month-old baby girl left by her parents who needed to go to work.

Aguada together with Corporals Abigail Alon, Mary Florence Flores, and Diana Pearl Taytay also bathed the baby and gave her some clothes.

“Your police don’t just implement laws and peace order in the community. They are also ready to help in their own little way. They have manifested the police’s genuine service to the public,” he added.

In Ormoc City, Pat. Robin Ricarte provided a face mask to a violator who was caught not wearing a mask while riding his motorcycle.

The PNP leadership has instructed personnel on the ground to give face masks to those who do not wear any while in public areas. “We have given this directive. People outside their homes should be given face masks or face shields if they have none,” he said.

Aside from the mandate of ensuring peace and order in the community, Eleazar encourages police officers to help members of the community in their own little way. “Let’s keep the bayanihan spirit amidst this pandemic. Even if it’s outside our mandate, let us help in our own little way. Sometimes, this small acts of kindness mean so much for those in need,” Eleazar pointed out.

The PNP chief has also assured the rights of all quarantine violators will be protected and maintained at all costs amid stricter implementation of the Covid-19 health protocols in the country

“I would like to assure the CHR (Commission on Human Rights) that our personnel are aware of their accountability and responsibility to always abide by police operating procedures and uphold human rights in their operations,” he said.