Año to new PNP chief: Serve Filipinos well

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año told newly-appointed Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, to protect the sanctity of the Constitution while battling various threats like illegal drugs and terrorism.

CHANGE OF COMMAND. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año (center) leads the change of command ceremony at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Friday (May 7, 2021). In his message, Año reminded newly-appointed PNP chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar (left) to protect the sanctity of the Constitution while battling various threats like illegal drugs and terrorism. (Photo courtesy of PNP-PIO)

Ano also directed Eleazar to purge the PNP of its misfits, scalawags and inutile personnel without sacrificing the morale and welfare of the command. “Transform the PNP to become a highly capable, effective and credible police service that walks in uprightness, excellence and continually modernizes for the sake of improving the quality of your services, finally, lead by example, set the standard of public service among our patriots that may follow in your footsteps,” he added in his message at the change of command ceremony held in Camp Crame.

The DILG Secretary also advised Eleazar to veer away from the “temptations” brought by the position that he holds as the country’s top cop. “Don’t ever trade your integrity for temporary pleasure because having a clean conscience and a respected name is priceless,” he stressed.

At the rites, Año also commended outgoing PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas for being ‘a silent worker’ who managed to lead the PNP effectively despite controversies.

“I have known him as a very silent worker and an achiever. He gladly took things in stride and bravely rose to the challenge entrusted to him by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte. Instead of folding under the weights of these difficulties, he strode to maintain peace and order as well as safety and security in the midst of much fear and uncertainty. I am witness to the perseverance and sacrifices of Gen. Debold,” he said.

He noted that under Sinas’ term, the PNP was able to confiscate P1.7 billion worth of illegal substances and has made notable accomplishments in the fight against communist insurgency.

“Gen. Debold, as you bow out of service today, I wish and pray that in your own private capacity you will continue to serve others and participate in nation-building. We hope you would be able to perform other duties that you have temporarily set aside and spend time with your family and do other things you want to do),” he added.

Sinas officially retires Saturday, May 8 after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.