News Release

‘Build credibility by being part of the community,’ PBBM tells policemen

Police work could be truly effective when the community trusts law enforcers, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said on Thursday.

The President encouraged policemen to be part of the community they are serving, saying they could have credibility only if they engage and build rapport with the people.

He urged the police force “to be on the beat, to know the people, and to understand what’s happening.”

President Marcos pointed out that despite all of the high-tech equipment for drug abuse prevention and fighting the continued drug distribution, the police must also make their presence on the ground felt.

“Tapos may credibility na tayo sa taong bayan. They trust you, they know you, they know what— you like to eat— ‘yung paborito mo is lechon— ganoon, basta kilala na kayo, tao na kayo, hindi kayo pulis, tao na kayo,” President Marcos said, adding the lawmen must also be inquisitive.

“That’s …I think is a very important lesson that despite all off the other things hanggang satellite, hanggang cyber — siyempre ginagamit natin lahat ‘yan pero puno’t dulo pa rin eh kailangan talaga you have to be part of the community. And that’s the only time [we are] truly effective is when the community trusts our policemen,” he said.

The President convened in Malacañang the first Joint National Peace and Order Council (NPOC) and Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) to discuss matters relating to peace and order.

Among the Philippines’ key national security concerns include geopolitical issues, the West Philippine Sea and other territorial disputes, the communist terrorist groups (CTG) and the drug war.

According to the National Security Council (NSC), the protracted wars and global issues have serious and detrimental effects on the country particularly on the safety of overseas Filipinos, global oil prices resulting in shortages and higher prices of goods, and the Philippines’ economic growth targets.

Also, China’s continuous activities in the WPS jeopardize the security of the Philippine borders through the harassment and obstruction of Philippine naval operations, harassment of Filipino
fisherfolk, and the use of engagements as warfare tactics to influence Filipinos.

With regard to combating communist insurgency, the government said there are only nine weakened guerilla fronts in the country with 1,576 members and 1,406 firearms. PND