A timely call

January 5, 2023 People's Tonight 233 views

THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has called on all police generals and full colonels to tender their courtesy resignation, drawing cheers from the public.

Described by many quarters as “a timely and a radical move” to rid the Philippine National Police (PNP) of officials allegedly involved in the highly-profitble but illegal drug business.

In the view of many, the DILG call is ample proof that the PNP leadership is out to regain the trust and confidence of the Filipino people in the campaign against the “drug monster.”

Despite the all-out war against the drug menace, the dreaded “drug monster” continues to victimize the citizens not only in the metropolis but throughout the Philippines.

Headed by Secretary Benhur Abalos Jr., the DILG exercises administrative control over the PNP, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

“I know you are all shocked, but this is the only way to make a fresh start…This war on drugs will be a difficult batle especially when your own allies are the ones shooting you from behind,” said Abalos.

To set an example for his subordinates, even PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin, an Ilocano like President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. is expected to tender his courtesy resignation.

In fact, the four-star general will be the first to submit to the said assessment and evaluation process, according to the PNP, which is civilian in nature but national in scope.

A five-member committee will evaluate whether or not to accept the courtesy resignation of the top PNP officials, who are mostly graduaes of the PMA and the PNPA.

In the view of the public, the former chair of the Metropolian Manila Development Authority was right in demanding the resignation of the PNP generals and colonels.