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JCI 2nd Awarding Ceremonies

Speech of President Joseph E. Estrada

JCI  2nd Awarding Ceremonies for the

Honorable Outstanding Patriotic and Exemplary Awards

NBI Headquarters, Taft Avenue, Manila, 8 a.m., Nov. 12, 2012

ISANG MAGANDANG UMAGA AT MABUHAY SA MGA KASAPI AT MGA OPISYAL NG JAYCEES INTERNATIONAL MANILA, MGA OPISYAL NG BASILIO FAMILY FOUNDATION, MGA OPISYAL AT MGA KAWANI NG ATING NATIONAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION O NBI, AT NG LAHAT NG ATING MGA PILING PANAUHIN.

MALUGOD AKONG NAGPAPASALAMAT SA INYONG MASIGLANG PAGTANGGAP SA AKIN NGAYONG UMAGA.

NAGPAPASALAMAT RIN AKO SA INYONG IMBITASYON UPANG AKO AY MAGING BAHAGI BILANG PANAUHING TAGA-PAGSALITA NG AWARDING CEREMONIES NG HONORABLE, OUTSTANDING, PATRIOTIC AND EXEMPLARY AWARDS O HOPE.

IPINAAABOT KO ANG AKING BUKOD-TANGING PAGBATI SA MGA LAW ENFORCERS NA TATANGGAP NG HOPE AWARDS NGAYONG UMAGA.

UMAASA AKO NA KAYO AY MANANATILING TAPAT SA INYONG SINUMPAANG TUNGKULIN AT KAYO ANG MAGIGING TAGA-PAGTANGGOL SA LAHAT NG ORAS NG ATING MGA BATAS.

MABIGAT ANG AWARD NA ITO PARA SA INVESTIGATION AND INTELLIGENCE CATEGORY.

HINDI LANG KAILANGANG HONORABLE KA OUTSTANDING KA PA, PATRIOTIC KA PA, AT EXEMPLARY PA.

BINABATI KO ANG JAYCEES DAHIL SA KANILANG WALANG-SAWANG PAGBIBIGAY PARANGAL SA MAGANDANG PAGLILINGKOD SA BAYAN.

MALAPIT SA PUSO KO ANG JAYCEES DAHIL AKO RIN BINIGYAN NILA NG AWARD NOON SA TOYM O TEN OUTSTANDING YOUNG MEN.

PERO DAPAT SIGURO MAY CATEGORY NA RIN ANG JAYCEES NGAYON PARA SA MGA OUTSTANDING SENIOR CITIZENS.

SUGGESTION LANG – NAGBABAKA-SAKALI LANG AKO.

IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN, THIS IS AN EXTENSION OF ANOTHER JAYCEE PROJECT RECOGNIZING POLICE OFFICERS CALLED THE HONORABLE OUTSTANDING POLICE ENFORCER OR HOPE AWARDS.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT IS A DISTINCT HONOR AND A PRIVILEGE FOR ME TO JOIN YOU TODAY ON THE OCCASION OF THE AWARDING CEREMONIES IN RECOGNITION OF OUR OUTSTANDING NBI PERSONNEL AND LAW-ENFORCERS.

I TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO EXTEND MY CONGRATULATIONS TO THE JAYCEES FOR TAKING THESE INITIATIVES TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR OUTSTANDING PERSONNEL WHO EXEMPLIFY UNCOMPROMISING COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION TO THEIR PROFESSION.

I ALSO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CONGRATULATE THESE OFFICERS, MEN AND WOMEN FOR THEIR UNQUALIFIED DEDICATION IN THE PERFORMANCE OF MISSION AND DUTY.

I JOIN YOU IN THIS HOPE THAT WE WILL FIND MORE OFFICIALS TO HONOR AND RECOGNIZE INSTEAD OF DISCOVERING THOSE WHOM WE MUST DISHONOR AND PUT TO JAIL.

IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT TODAY, OUR COUNTRY IS CONFRONTED WITH SO MANY SUPER VILLAINS BUT WE ARE IN SEVERE NEED TODAY OF SUPER HEROES.

OUR LAW-ENFORCEMENT AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS FACED SO MANY LORDS – DRUG LORDS, GAMBLING LORDS, WAR LORDS AND VARIOUS OTHER LORDS OF CRIME FROM KIDNAPPING, CARNAPPING, ROBBERY-HOLD-UPS.

KAYA DAW PAG SINABI SA INYO SA OPERATIONS NA BAHALA NA SI LORD, ANG TANONG NINYO KAAGAD, SINONG LORD – DRUG LORD, GAMBLING LORD, WAR LORD O IYONG TUNAY NA LORD SA ITAAS? KAILANGAN MALIWANAG ITO KAAGAD.

DURING MY ADMINISTRATION AS PRESIDENT, MY HIGHEST PRIORITY WAS THAT OF PEACE AND ORDER.

AND IT WILL ALWAYS BE MY NUMBER ONE PRIORITY BECAUSE I DEEPLY BELIEVE THAT NO SOCIETY CAN HOPE TO PROSPER UNDER A CLIMATE OF CRIMINALITY AND VIOLENCE.

IF YOU CAN RECALL, IT WAS DURING MY ADMINISTRATION THAT THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE GOT AN OUTSTANDING APPROVAL RATING OF 53 PERCENT ACCORDING TO THE SURVEYS THEN OF LEGITIMATE SURVEY ORGANIZATIONS.

THIS WAS AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF CONSISTENT NEGATIVE PERFORMANCE RATINGS.

I HOPE THAT WE CAN DUPLICATE THIS RECORD AGAIN TODAY AND HOPEFULLY MAINTAIN IT BECAUSE CRUCIAL TO THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME IS THE CONFIDENCE AND TRUST OF OUR CITIZENRY.

BUT TO DO THIS, WE MUST CLEANSE THE RANKS OF OUR POLICE FORCES AND LAW-ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES OF SCALAWAGS.

DURING MY ADMINISTRATION AS PRESIDENT, WE WENT NOT ONLY AFTER CRIMINALS AND CRIMINAL SYNDICATES, BUT ALSO AFTER THE BAD EGGS AND MISFITS IN THE POLICE FORCE.

WE CAN NEVER ERADICATE CRIMINALITY IF WE DO NOT ELIMINATE THOSE SCALAWAGS IN OUR LAW-ENFORCEMENT SYSTEMS.

KAYA, NOONG AKO NAG-UMPISA BILANG MAYOR NG SAN JUAN, ANG UNA KONG INASIKASO AY ANG DISIPLINA NG MGA TIWALING MGA PULIS.

HINDI NAMAN SIGURO SA PAGBUBUHAT NG SARILING BANKO, WE CAN NOW SAY THAT SAN JUAN IS NOW A PROSPEROUS CITY WHEN IT WAS ONCE A BACKWARD COMMUNITY WHICH INVESTMENTS AND BUSINESS ENTERPRISES AVOIDED BECAUSE OF THE CRITICAL PEACE AND ORDER SITUATION THEN.

I THEREFORE FIRMLY BELIEVE, THEN AND NOW, THAT A SOCIETY CANNOT PROSPER NO MATTER HOW COMPETENT AND HOW MOTIVATED ITS PEOPLE ARE IF THERE IS NO PEACE AND ORDER.

INVESTORS WILL ALWAYS BE AFRAID TO DO BUSINESS IN OUR COUNTRYIF WE DO NOT ENSURE THAT THEY AND THEIR BUSINESSES ARE SAFE.

UNFORTUNATELY, OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN REGULARLY THE SUBJECT OF MANY TRAVEL ADVISORIES OF COUNTRIES WARNING THEIR CITIZENS ON THE PEACE AND ORDER CONDITIONS IN PHILIPPINES.

WE MUST REDEEM OURSELVES AND STRIVE WITH A DEEP SENSE OF URGENCY AND MSSION TO CLEAN THE RANKS OF OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, FOR IN THEM LIES THE FUTURE OF THIS NATION AND THE FUTURE OF THE COMING GENERATION OF FILIPINOS.

THEY CERTAINLY DESERVE A BETTER SOCIETY THAN WHAT WE HAVE TODAY.

IN THE 1950s, AS I OFTEN REMIND OUR PEOPLE IN MANY OF MY SPEECHES EVEN WHEN I WAS PRESIDENT, THE PHILIPPINES WAS RANKED SECOND ONLY TO JAPAN IN ASIA IN TERMS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

WE WERE A NATION THAT COMMANDED THE RESPECT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY BECAUSE NOT ONLY DID WE HAVE A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY, BUT WE ALSO HAD ECONOMIC PROSPERITY.

DURING THAT TIME, OUR ECONOMIC GROWTH WAS MUCH BETTER THANK THE PRESENT TIGER ECONOMIES OF HONG KONG, TAIWAN AND SOUTH KOREA. WE WERE RICHER THAN THAT OF SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA, INDONESIA OR THAILAND.

I RECALL THAT THESE COUNTRIES WOULD EVEN SEND STUDY MISSIONS TO THE PHILIPPINES TO LEARN FROM US.

BUT TODAY, WE ARE RANKED WAY, WAY BELOW AND IF WE DO NOT WATCH OUT, WE MAY EVEN BE OVERTAKEN BY THE HIGHLY COMPETITIVE TRANSITION ECONOMIES OF MYANMMAR OR CAMBODIA.

IN RECENT YEARS, I WAS TOLD THAT VIETNAM HAS ALREADY OVERTAKEN US. THIS IS A VERY SAD COMMENTARY ON THE STATE OF AFFAIRS IN THIS NATION.

DARATING ANG ARAW, TATALUNIN PA TAYO NG LAOS. KAPAG NANGYARI YAN, LAOS NA TALAGA TAYO!

WE HAVE TO STOP THIS SPIRALLING DECLINE. AND WE MUST BEGIN WITH THE PEACE AND ORDER SITUATION. WE HAVE ENDURED SEVERAL DECADES OF A SECCESIONIST MOVEMENT IN THE SOUTH, AND COMMUNIST REBELS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.

I JOIN THE PRESENT ADMINISTRATION IN THE HOPE OF BRING PEACE TO MINDANAO TO MAKE IT THE TRUE FOOD BASKET OF THE COUNTRY INSTEAD OF BEING THE WASTEBASKET OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS AND DEAD COMBATANTS.

I HOPE THAT THOSE IN THE SECESSIONIST MOVE WILL RESPECT THE PEACE PROCESS AND ENFORCE IT WITH FACTIONS AMONG THEIR RANKS.

TIME IS NOW RUNNING OUT ON US.

RECENTLY, WE CONTINUE TO READ ACCOUNTS OF POLICEMEN IMPLICATED OR ACCUSED OF CRIMINAL OFFENSES IN MANILA.

THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I HAVE DECIDED TO CHALLENGE THE LEADERSHIP OF THE CITY OF MANILA.

I CANNOT JUST SIT BACK AND WITNESS THE DECLINE OF THIS GREAT CITY, THE PREMIER CITY, THE CAPITAL CITY OF OUR COUNTRY, THE CITY WHERE MY FATHER SERVED UNDER FOUR ADMINISTRATION.

I CANNOT SIT BACK AND SEE UNDISCIPLINED POLICE OFFICERS COMMITTING CRIME AND OTHER OFFENSES TO THE DETRIMENT OF HONEST AND LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS.

I KNOW I CANNOT CREATE MIRACLES IN STREAMLINING THE POLICE FORCE IN THE CITY OF MANILA, BUT I PROMISE IF GIVEN THE MANDATE BY THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY, I WILL RUN AFTER THOSE POLICEMEN NA GUMAGAWA NG MILAGRO.

TODAY, THIS OCCASION BRINGS TO US THE COMPELLING NEED TO BUILD OUR STOCKPILE OF SUPERCOPS WHO WILL BE UNCOMPROMISING AGAINST CRIME; WHO WILL NOT WAVER IN WITH THE LURE OF EASY MONEY; WHO WILL REMAIN STEADFAST IN THEIR DUTY AND COMMITMENT TO THE RULE OF LAW; AND WHO WILL ALWAYS BE TRUE TO THE TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES THEY HAVE SWORN TO FULFILL.

WE NEED THEM TO FIGHT THE SUPER VILLAINS THAT HAVE SPROUTED ALL OVER OUR SOCIETY. THIS WILL BE OUR MARCHING ORDER FROM A CITIZENRY WEARIED WITH CRIME AND CORRUPT POLICE OFFICERS.

WE NEED LAW ENFORCERS TO HELP US PURGE THE RANKS OF THE POLICE AND OF LAW-ENFORCEMENT UNITS LIKE THE NBI OF BAD ELEMENTS WHO DISCREDIT THE HONOR AND INTEGRITY, NOT ONLY OF OUR COUNTRY OR OF OUR INSTITUTIONS, BUT OF OUR SOCIETY.

WE MUST CLEAN OUR LAW-ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES OF THE BAD EGGS AND WE COMMEND THE JAYCEES FOR INITIATIVES LIKE THESE. BUT THESE INITIATIVES MUST BE PURSUED BY ALL OF US.

WE MUST COMMEND AND RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO SERVE FAITHFULLY AND PUT TO JAIL THOSE WHO MIS-USE THE POWERS OF THEIR OFFICE.

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN, THE ACTOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHO IS ALSO MY IDOL, SAID IN HIS FIRST INAUGURAL ADDRESS, AND I QUOTE, “WE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO DREAM A HEROIC DREAM.” END OF QUOTE.

HINDI AKO NAG-PLAGIARIZE HA.

LAHAT TAYO AY MAY KARAPATANG MANGARAP NG ISANG DAKILANG PANGARAP. AT ANG ATING DAKILANG PANGARAP NGAYON AY ANG ISANG MALINIS, MARANGAL AT MATAPAT NA MGA ALAGAD NG BATAS.

AT LALONG MAY KARAPATAN TAYONG MANGARAP NG DAKILANG PANGARAP PARA ITAGUYOD ANG ISANG MALAYA, MAKATARUNGAN, MAUNLAD AT MARANGAL NA LIPUNAN PARA SA ATING BANSA AT SA PARA SA KINABUKASAN NG DARATING NA HENERASYON NG MGA PILIPINO NG ATING MGA ANAK AT MGA APO.

MULI, ISANG PAGBATI SA INYONG LAHAT, MARAMING SALAMAT, MABUHAY AT MAGANDANG ARAW.