A retired Philippine National Police general and one of the founders of the PNP-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF), Samuel Pagdilao Jr., on Tuesday declared his intention to seek a seat in the Senate.
In a ceremony at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, Pagdilao, an Anti-Crime and Terrorism-Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) party-list representative in Congress, bared his platform for governance and the legislative agenda he will push if elected to the Senate.
On top of his agenda, according to the congressman, is peace and order in communities and in the whole country.
“I have been a police officer for over 37 years, thus in my career, fighting criminality was my utmost consideration. To be effective, we must start by enabling and empowering policemen and soldiers. We will continue both the PNP and Armed Forces of the Philippines [AFP] modernization programs to equip them with the necessary tools and skills to fight criminality and lawlessness,” he said in his speech.
He added that he will push an intensified anti-drug campaign and revise the country’s penal laws to conform with the needs of modern times and technology.
“Let us give teeth to the law and law enforcers in the fight against cybercrimes like cyber sex, hacking, identity theft, illegal online gambling, online scams and the like,” Pagdilao said.
According to him, he will seek justice for the 44 SAF commandos killed in Magundanao last January and help to put a stop to the killing of journalists with impunity, especially those who have exposed graft and corruption in the government.
Pagdilao said he will make communities safer places to live and work in.