NEWLY appointed Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento on Monday vowed that he would remove all undesirables in the 150,000-strong Philippine National Police (PNP) after attending the traditional flag-raising ceremony in Camp Crame in Quezon City.
Such ceremony was his first since his appointment as secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Sarmiento was appointed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd to replace former DILG chief Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, who had been named by the President as the standard-bearer of the Liberal Party in the 2016 elections.
He said in his speech that was also attended by top PNP officials led by its chief, Director General Ricardo Marquez, that removing undesirables in the police ranks is the “only way” to win the trust of the community.
Sarmiento added that the role of the community is among the vital pillars of the justice system.
“The role of the community is the most important. We need the community to trust the police force,” according to him.
“But we will also make sure that we honor all the police who are true to their oath of serving and protecting our bosses–the Filipino people,” he said in his speech at the flag-raising ceremony.
Sarmiento said he fully supports the four major points raised by the PNP chief when he assumed the top police position last June 16: returning to basic patrolling, decentralizing firearms licensing, institutionalizing Oplan: Lambat Sibat and intensifying the campaign against illegal drugs.