Almost thirteen years ago, when the former President of Philippines Joseph Ejercito Estrada, appointed the former General Panfilo Lacson, as the New Philippine National Police Chief. The Supreme Court recognized his appointment. While the Cabinet members and the Congress claimed that his appointment was not lawfully approved by the Committee on Appointments, prescribed by the Law. It was also criticized by human advocates who accused him, involved on the purported execution of 11 suspected members of kidnap-robbery gang in 1995. Now my idol is already a Senator.
Some analysts claimed that Lacson’s appointment to the top PNP post could be thestart of Peace and Order to the country and it’s worth help to Estrada’s Administration.
“Panfilo Lacson is qualified to the said post. He is a man of good performance; a dedicated police officer in the Police department – Lacson is strong against all kinds of criminals; either they are his fellow or plain criminals,” President Estrada said.
Lacson, a graduate from the Philippine Military Academy, had sent an army colonel to jail for criminal’s activities including a police colonel, involved in a kidnapping case. But among the biggest and controversial case was when the former PNP chief Roberto Lastimoso was accused by Lacson of trying to set free a drug trafficker, arrested by the junior police officers – allies of Lacson and urged the latter to quit.
When Lacson was appointed to the top PNP post, he cited, “It would be the start of a miserable life. I know I will lose a lot of friends, even if I will create new enemies. It is a contradiction that I will live with that those I will fight, I do not hate and that those I will protect I do not love. I don’t care if I am left only by 50,000 men and women doing the job of law enforcement so long as they are honest inperforming duties and professional police in the police force. It is the call of duty that matters,” Lacson said.
In the turnover of command at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City on November 18, 1999 – Lacson said in a speech, “The rank of untouchable in the police organization should be clean up, they are corrupt who become body of law of criminals elements.” It was widely applauded by the public.
Lacson immediately enforced his first four orders:
- A halt to the police and men of using recovered vehicles from car thieves.
- To stop police officers and men in uniform from playing golf or other games during office hours.
- To stop mulcting of motorists.
- To stop diversion of funds for purposes other that those intended.
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