The country’s top cop reminded all policemen to be good examples of law-abiding citizens in order to earn the public’s respect and trust.
“Bakit natin aasahan na sumunod sa batas ang ating mga kababayan kung makikita nila na tayo mismo ang lumalabag? Paano natin makukuha ang respeto at mababawi ang tiwala’t kumpiyansa sa atin ng publiko kung mismong tayo, walang respeto sa ating uniporme?,” Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Police General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar said.
He reiterated that police personnel should always abide by laws, including those which cover actions considered ordinary, because the public cannot be expected to follow them if the enforcers themselves do not.
PGen. Eleazar was prompted to issue the reminder over repeated complaints and social media posts about policemen in uniform who are not wearing helmets while riding motorcycles.
In some cases, the photos are converted to memes to insult, ridicule the PNP, and insinuate that policemen are above the law.
PGen Eleazar every law is crafted and enacted with good reason, mostly for public order and safety, and PNP personnel are duty-bound to be its enforcers.
“Mawawalan ng kredibilidad ang mga alagad ng batas kung sila mismo ay hindi sumusunod sa batas. Let this be a warning to all our personnel for them to observe the Motorcycle Helmet Law, dahil kung hindi, ako mismo ang didisiplina sa inyo,” said PGen Eleazar.
He also encouraged the public to immediately report to the PNP’s E-Sumbong complaint monitoring and referral system if they observe law violations, including traffic offenses, being committed by policemen.