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Manila Police District Command Conference

Speech of Mayor Joseph E. Estrada
Manila Police District Command Conference
Multi-Purpose Hall, MPD Headquarters, 9:00 a.m., 8 July 2013

ISANG MAGANDANG UMAGA AT MABUHAY SA ATING MGA OPISYAL AT MGA TAUHAN NG ATING KAPULISAN, SA MGA OPISYAL NG LUNGSOD NG MAYNILA, AT SA LAHAT NG ATING MGA PILING PANAUHIN.

NAGPAPASALAMAT AKO SA IMBITASYON NYO SA AKIN SA OKASYONG ITO AT SA INYONG MASIGLANG PAGTANGGAP SA AKIN. SASAMANTALAHIN KO ANG OKASYONG ITO UPANG TAYO AY MAKAPAG-UGNAYAN AT MAKAPAG-USAP NA RIN NG MASINSINAN.

HINDI KO NA SIGURO DAPAT PANG ULIT-ULITIN PA ANG MGA INALATAG KONG PROGRAMA SA AKING INAUGURAL SPEECH NOONG NAKARAANG LINGGO.

ANG PUNO?T-DULO LANG NITO AY MARAMI TAYONG DAPAT ISA-AYOS AT GAWIN NGAYON UPANG IBALIK ANG SIGLA AT LAKAS NG MAYNILA BILANG PANGUNAHING LUNGSOD NG PILIPINAS.

NAPAKALAKI NG ATING DEFICIT SA ATING PONDO KAYA ANG MGA ALLOWANCES NG ATING MGA KAPULISAN HINDI NA NAIIBIGAY SA INYO.

ANG PROBLEMA LANG YATA DAW, IYONG ILAN SA ATING MGA PULIS ? HINDI NAMAN NATIN NILALAHAT – AY KUMUKUHA NA NG ALLOWANCE SA MGA VENDORS, SA MGA JEEPNEY, AT LAHAT NG KLASE NG ILEGAL NA SUGALAN. KASAMA NA DIN DYAN ANG MGA KOTONG SA MGA NEGOSYANTE.

ANG MGA NEGOSYANTE AT MGA KOMERSIYANTE NA DATI AY NANDITO SA MAYNILA LUMIPAT NA SA IBANG SIYUDAD. AT MARAMI PA DAW ANG NAG-IISIP LUMIPAT.

AND I AM INFORMED BY THESE BUSINESSMEN THAT THE REASON IS MAINLY BECAUSE OF THE DETERIORATING PEACE AND ORDER SITUATION.

AND THIS HAS WORSENED BECAUSE THEY REPORT THAT SOME MEMBERS OF OUR POLICE FORCE IN THE MANILA POLICE DISTRICT HAS NOT BEEN DOING THEIR DUTIES HONESTLY AND WITH DEDICATION.

ANG TANONG NATIN SA ATING MGA SARILI PAANO UUNLAD ULI ANG MAYNILA KUNG TALAMAK ANG KRIMEN SA ATING SIYUDAD?

PAANO TAYO BABANGON KUNG ANG MGA NEGOSYANTE AT KOMERSIYO NA DAPAT MAGBIGAY NG TRABAHO AT PONDO SA GOBYERNO AY NAG-AALISAN SA MAYNILA DAHIL SA KRIMINALIDAD AT MGA TIWALING OPISYAL AT MGA PULIS?

WALANG BAYAN, WALANG LUNGSOD, WALANG BANSA NA UUNLAD KUNG WALANG KAPAYAPAAN, KUNG WALANG KATAHIMIKAN AT KUNG LAGANAP ANG KRIMINALIDAD.

PEACE AND ORDER MUST BE OUR PRIORITY.

WHAT IS DISTURBING NOW IS THAT THERE ARE POLICE OFFICERS WHO ARE REPORTED, CHARGED OR ACCUSED OF INVOLVEMENT IN CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES.

THESE ARE CASES INVOLVING HEINOUS AND ORGANIZED CRIMES, RANGING FROM ILLEGAL DRUGS, CARNAPPING, KIDNAP FOR RANSOM, TO ROBBERY-HOLD-UPS AND EVEN AS PROTECTORS OF CRIMINAL SYNDICATES.

THEY ARE ALSO INVOLVED IN PETTY CRIMES SUCH AS EXTORTION AND MULCTING, HULIDAP AND THE MANY AND RAMPANT CASES OF KOTONG.

THIS IS NOT THE MANILA?S FINEST THAT I USE TO KNOW WHEN MY FATHER WORKED IN THE CITY HALL. THIS IS NOT THE MANILA POLICE FORCE THAT WAS ONCE THE MOST RESPECTED POLICE UNIT IN OUR COUNTRY.

I CONTINUE TO HAVE STRONG FAITH THAT THE GOOD AND THE UPRIGHT STILL OUTNUMBER THE BAD EGGS MANY TIMES OVER. BUT THESE HOODLUMS IN UNIFORM GIVE ALL OF US THIS NEGATIVE REPUTATION, AND IT IS TIME WE PUT A STOP TO THEM AND THEIR ACTIVITIES.

TODAY, AS WE MEET HERE IN THIS COMMAND CONFERENCE, I CHALLENGE YOU, ESPECIALLY THE STATION COMMANDERS TO START CLEANING UP YOUR RANKS.

IF YOU CANNOT DO THIS, YOU MIGHT AS WELL RESIGN BECAUSE I WILL PERSONALLY GO AFTER YOU.

THE CITY OF MANILA HAS DETERIORATED TO A POINT THAT ITS RESIDENTS WILL APPRECIATE AND APPROVE SOLUTIONS TO VERY SIMPLE BASIC ISSUES THAT AFFECT THEIR DAILY LIVES.

DURING OUR FIRST 100 DAYS, NOT JUST MINE BUT YOUR FIRST 100 DAYS UNDER THIS NEW ADMINISTRATION, THE PEACE AND ORDER SITUATION IN OUR CITY WILL BE THE PRIORITY.

WE WILL BEGIN BY ELIMINATING “KOTONG” AND EXTORTION RACKETS COMMITTED DAILY AND WITH IMPUNITY BY THE BEAT POLICEMEN OR THEIR COMMANDERS AND SUPERVISORS, BY THE TRAFFIC ENFORCERS, AND EVEN THE MARKET SUPERVISORS, PUBLIC TRANSPORT OPERATORS OR THE CITY HALL EMPLOYEES.

TODAY, WE ARE DECLARING AN ALL-OUT WAR AGAINST ALL FORMS OF ILLEGAL GAMBLING.

LAHAT NG ILLEGAL GAMBLING ACTIVITIES AY IHIHINTO NATIN – MGA ILLEGAL BOOKIES SA KARERA, VIDEO KARERA, FRUIT GAME MACHINES, AT ENDING NG BASKETBALL.

AT ITO AY WARNING SA LAHAT NG STATION COMMANDER, LAHAT NG OPERATING UNITS, LAHAT NG RESPONSIBLE OFFICERS. ANG SUSUNDIN NATIN NGAYON AY ONE STRIKE POLICY.

WE WILL IMMEDIATELY RELIEVE THOSE OFFICERS WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO STOP ILLEGAL GAMBLING IN THEIR RESPECTIVE JURISDICTIONS.

ON THIS OCCASION, I ORDER ALL POLICE OFFICERS TO IMMEDIATELY STOP MULCTING OR EXTORTING MONEY FROM VENDORS, HELPLESS DRIVERS OF PUBLIC UTILITY VEHICLES, MGA KOTONG SA ILLEGAL TERMINALS, AND TRANSPORT CARGO SUCH AS VEGETABLE DEALERS.

I ASK THESE MISGUIDED POLICE OFFICERS TO REFORM AND STOP NOW OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES.

I LIKEWISE ASK POLICE OFFICERS TO IMMEDIATELY ABANDON THEIR INVOLVEMENT OR SEVERE THEIR CONNECTIONS WITH CRIMINAL SYNDICATES, AS DIRECT PARTICIPANTS, AS ACCOMPLICES OR AS ACCESSORIES AND PROTECTORS OF CRIMINAL SYNDICATES.

I ASK THESE MISGUIDED POLICE OFFICERS TO REFORM AND STOP NOW OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES.

I ASK POLICE OFFICERS TO REFUSE BRIBE MONEY FROM ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES AND INSTEAD ATTEND TO THEIR DUTIES FAITHFULLY AND HONESTLY WITHOUT CONDITIONS, WITHOUT COMPROMISE, WITHOUT QUALIFICATIONS.

I ASK YOU TO RESTORE THE TRUST, FAITH AND CONFIDENCE OF OUR PEOPLE ON OUR POLICE FORCE THAT WE CAN JOINTLY TRANSFORM THE MANILA POLICE DISTRICT TO BECOME ONCE MORE METRO MANILA?S FINEST AND NOT MANILA?S WORST.

FORMER SENATOR PING LACSON, A FORMER CHIEF OF PNP AND A FORMER POLICE OFFICER LIKE ALL OF YOU, REACHED THE POSITION OF SENATOR AND GIVEN A MANDATE SEVERAL TIMES BY OUR PEOPLE. THE PNP GOT THE HIGHEST APPROVAL RATING FROM OUR PEOPLE WHEN HE WAS PNP CHIEF.

HE SHARED WITH ME AND WHICH I SHARE WITHYOU TODAY A PRINCIPLE ON LEADERSHIP. HE SAID THAT ?HE WHO HAS NOT LEARNED TO OBEY IS NOT FIT TO COMMAND.? I ASK YOU THEREFORE TO OBEY SO THAT WE WILL ALL BE FIT IN OUR JOBS.

FOR MYSELF, I WILL NOT WAIT A MINUTE LONGER TO INSTILL IN THE MINDS OF OUR POLICEMEN THAT I AM THEIR MAYOR, THAT HENCEFORTH, I WOULD CONSISTENTLY LEAD THEM BY EXAMPLE AND EVERYBODY MUST FOLLOW.

AS I SAID IN MY INAUGURAL SPEECH, I WILL NOT ASK YOU TO DO SOMETHING WHICH I AM NOT PREPARED TO DO MYSELF.

LEADERSHIP BY EXAMPLE HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH PEACE AND ORDER.

A LEADER, FROM THE LOCAL EXECUTIVE DOWN TO THE POLICE STATION COMMANDER MUST EXERCISE MORAL ASCENDANCY OVER HIS SUBORDINATES.

ACCORDING TO SEN. LACSON, AND I QUOTE AGAIN, ?ONE CANNOT PREACH WHAT HE DOES NOT PRACTICE. NO AMOUNT OF LIP SERVICE CAN HIDE HYPOCRISY FOR A LONG TIME. LEADERS AND FOLLOWERS WILL SOMEHOW COMMUNICATE THROUGH THEIR ACTIONS, NOT WORDS.?

TOGETHER, YOU AND I, MUST LEAVE A LEGACY THAT THE PEOPLE OF MANILA WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER AFTER WE SHALL HAVE STEPPED DOWN FROM OFFICE AND EVEN LONG AFTER WE ARE GONE. WE WILL GIVE AND LEAVE THEM THE MANILA THEY DESERVE, THE MANILA OUR COUNTRY AND OUR PEOPLE DESERVE.

IPINAPANGAKO KO SA INYO, SA ORAS NA MAKALIKOM TAYO NG SAPAT NA PONDO, BIBIGYAN KO NG PRAYORIDAD AND INYONG MGA ALLOWANCES NINYO.

AT SAKALING LUMAKI ANG KOLEKSIYON NATIN, MAARI PA NATING DAGDAGAN PA ANG ALLOWANCES NG ATING KAPULISAN.

ITO NGAYON ANG MALAKING HAMON SA ATIN, SA AKIN, SA INYO, SA ATING BUONG LUNGSOD, ANG IBALIK ANG GANDA AT SIGLA NG PANGUNAHING LUNGSOD NG PILIPINAS.

AT IBALIK NATIN NGAYON ANG IPINAGMAMALAKI NATING MANILA?S FINEST SA ATING LUNGSOD.

MARAMING SALAMAT AT MAGANDANG ARAW SA INYONG LAHAT!