THE Journal Group’s highly-successful Mamang Pulis series marks its 11th anniversary today with Philippine National Police Officer chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde citing its invaluable role in the 175,000-strong organization’s massive reform program and campaign against illegal drugs, corruption and terrorism despite the tremendous odds and challenges they are facing.
The member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 also maintained that the continuing reform program in the police force is now being felt by the public despite continuing criticisms against the organization which he said remains steadfast and dedicated in its job to ‘serve and protect’ the public 24/7.
The PNP this year has succeeded in keeping criminality at a record low apart from enforcing the Duterte government’s war on drugs with the preservation of human rights their primordial interest.
The PNP chief maintained that police nationwide are under strict orders to uphold equal and absolute rights for all amid their continuing war versus crime and drugs which since July 2016 has left over 5,000 armed drug traffickers dead in gunfights with officers. The past 12 months saw the PNP waging a relentless campaign against drugs, crime and terrorism while being bombarded with criticisms from various fronts and losing many of its men in the hands of armed and defiant drug traffickers, kidnappers, robbers and New People’s Army rebels.
The ‘Mamang Pulis’ corner has been an invaluable partner of the PNP in the campaign against all forms of criminality specifically illegal drug trafficking and abuse and corruption apart from being an advocate of its massive transformation program under its P.A.T.R.O.L. Plan 2030 aimed at transforming the PNP into a more credible, effective and efficient police organization.
In a message to the Philippine Journalists, Inc. (PJI) which publishes the widely-read People’s Journal and People’s Tonight, the PNP chief expressed his deep gratitude and appreciation to the Journal Group of Publications for being a bulwark of responsible journalism and accurate reporting.
“I express my deep gratitude and appreciation to the Journal Group of Publications as you celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Mamang Pulis corner,” he said.
The PNP leadership also lauded the Journal Group for being a solid partner of the Duterte government in general and the PNP in particular when it comes to promoting genuine change.
Officials stressed that the Journal Group of Publications continues to serve as a catalyst “of our rallying program to be part of the genuine change of our government under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte” as they sincerely fight criminality, corruption, illegal drugs and terrorism while truly manifesting transparency and credibility that journalists and all of us should always be.
Officers and men of the 175,000-strong police force have conveyed their sincere appreciation to the Journal Group for its continuing support to the organization.
PNP spokesman, Chief Superintendent Benigno B. Durana Jr., said the ‘Mamang Pulis’ corner has always been very valuable as it recognizes the accomplishments of the PNP organization apart from delivering timely crime-prevention and information drive to the community.
Durana particularly commended the ‘Mamang Pulis’ corner for being an inspiration not only to readers but to the entire police organization which wants to spread the good news behind the dedication, commitment and sacrifices of its men.
Over the years, this regular section in People’s Journal and People’s Tonight has consistently promoted the popular advocacy of the PNP P.A.T.R.O.L Plan 2030 to bring the Philippine brand of law enforcement and police service to the finest.
True to its objective since its founding in 2007, the exceptional support of “Mamang Pulis” to the PNP has paved the way in disseminating valuable and truthful information that is essential in enhancing public perception about capable and trustworthy policemen.
The Journal Group’s Mamang Pulis series was born shortly after General Avelino I. Razon Jr. of PMA Class 1974 was named PNP chief in October 2007. As the new Chief, PNP, one of Razon’s main concerns was how to make the people realize that-contrary to their belief, the cops are ready to serve and protect them.
As Journal Group editor-in-chief Augusto B. Villanueva remembers, Razon became the Chief, PNP at a time when the ordinary Filipino feared the cop rather than adored him, when the man on the street considered it safer distancing himself from the cop rather than running to him when in trouble.
PNP spokesmen who have partnered with the Journal Group in bringing the series to life thru the past 11 years include retired general and 3-time Pangasinan (2nd District) Representative Leopoldo N. Bataoil of PMA Class 1976; retired Gen. Samuel D. Pagdilao of PMA Class 1979; former PNP chief, Gen. Nicanor A. Bartolome; retired PNP Officer-in-Charge, Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina; former Police Regional Office 6 director in Western Visayas and now retired Peace Process and Development Office director, Chief Supt. Agrimero A. Cruz Jr.; now retired PNP Director for Intelligence, Director Generoso R. Cerbo Jr.; former PNP Logistics Support Service director and retired Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao police director, Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore C. Sindac; former Police Regional Office 4-B director, Chief Supt. Wilben M. Mayor; Chief Supt. Bartolome C. Tobias, now assigned with the PNP Directorate for Integrated Police Operations, Police Regional Office 8 director, Chief Supt. Dionardo B. Carlos; PRO6 director, Chief Supt. John C. Bulalacao and now Durana.
Bartolome belongs to PMA Class 1980 while Espina is from PMA Class 1981. Cruz is from PMA Class 1982, Cerbo and Sindac are from PMA Class 1984 while Mayor and Tobias belong to PMA Class 1985. Carlos, Bulalacao and Durana are all members of PMA Class 1988
The ‘Mamang Pulis’ series aimes to give our policemen a more pleasant and meaningful image that would convince the man on the street that, finally, they have a friend in uniform whom they can rely on and ready to protect and serve them at all times.