LEADING members of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1985 and Class of 1986 on Tuesday denied that they are opposing the looming appointment of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. as the new secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
“This has reference to recent reports that PMA Class ‘85 officials have raised their opinions regarding the upcoming installation of the new DILG secretary,” the director of Quezon City Police District (QCPD), Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio and president of Class 1985, said in a statement he read during a news briefing in Camp Crame on Tuesday.
Tinio told reporters that he was persuaded by his mistahs in PMA Class of 1985 to come out in the open and issue a statement denying that their class was reportedly questioning Ochoa’s possible appointment.
“After being alluded to in several reports, we wish to point out that we have never made any statement, formal or otherwise, as to the incoming leadership of the DILG,” he said.
Tinio added, “Being professional policemen, our stand and commitment is to support the government of duly elected men and its institutions and agencies as headed by its duly appointed authorities.”
According to the QCPD director, they will let the politicians do the politicking and they will just continue on doing and performing their task and duties as law enforcers and public servants.
He said they are not in the business of questioning executive decisions, if there is any in this case.
“We appeal to those who are peddling this disinformation to spare us from their personal interest,” Tinio added.
“We assure the public that our primary objective is to ensure public safety, not to raise opinion or judge the decision of the national leadership,” he said.
Tinio’s statements were echoed by his mistah at Class of 1985, PNP spokesman and Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor.