Senator and former Philippine National Police Panfilo Lacson is feeling both the pain and pride of PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa in cleansing the police force of misfits.
Lacson, who spoke at the flag ceremony of the PNP in Camp Crame Monday, said this was similar to how he felt when he first took over the PNP in November 1999.
“Thinking and looking back, fighting the ICUs, also known as the inept, corrupt and undisciplined in the police rounds during those times was excruciating as it was challenging. That is why I can almost feel the pain that Chief PNP Ronald dela Rosa says he feels when he talks of purging the police now under him of dregs and misfits, and those who sold out their souls to the drug syndicates and the like,” he said.
Lacson said that when he first took over the PNP in 1999, he had never felt proud and challenged at the same time.
While he was challenged to remove the misfits from the PNP, he became “even prouder” to see the police transform “from a distrusted organization into one that was largely respected and trusted by the community we have sworn to serve and protect.”
In dela Rosa’s case, Lacson said the PNP achieved “unprecedented” initial results in its unrelenting war against illegal drugs.
As of 6 a.m. Aug. 15, he said “an impressive” 576,176 drug pushers and users had surrendered, including 35,129 pushers and 540,247 users, while 8,623 suspects were arrested and 612 drug personalities were neutralized in legitimate police operations.
“Needless to say, these numbers are unprecedented. Never in our recent history has government waged the same unrelenting drive against the drug menace than this administration,” he said.
“As a former Chief of the Philippine National Police, I have high regard for such massive and dramatic shakedown of drug criminals, from the lowest to the highest ranks of narcotics genealogy. Hence, my snappiest salute to the police officers and men who have chosen to stay the course, those who continue to live by our codes and mottos,” he added.