Secretary of Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas bid farewell to the Philippine National Police (PNP) during the weekly Flag ceremony at Camp Crame, Quezon City.

“Ngayong araw, naghahalo ang lungkot, saya, karangalan, at marami pang ibang emosyon. Mga kasama: Gagamitin kong pagkakataon ang flag raising na ito, upang magpaalam muna sa inyo,” Roxas said.
“Kahit marami pa tayong mga plano at marami pang inilalatag na pagbabago, dapat ko munang ipaubaya sa iba ang pamumuno sa inyo. Noong Biyernes, tinawag ako ng Pangulo na ituloy ang Daang Matuwid sa mas malawak na larangan,” he added.

Roxas also took the occasion to extol and award 19 police officers who served above and beyond their duty during President Benigno S. Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday, July 27.

He was joined by Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Ricardo Marquez and PNP Chief of Directorate for Administration Police Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr. in honoring the cops.

The Medalya ng Kasanayan was awarded to Police Chief Superintendents (PCSUPT) Joel D. Pagdilao, Allen B. Bantolo, and Ramon C. Apolinario received the award of Medalya ng Pambihirang Paglilingkod (Interim). Police Officers 2 (PO2) Lief N. Abuton and Joel N. Lagahit received the award of Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting. Police Senior Superintendents (PSSUPT) Ferdinand P. Ampil, and Ronnie S. Montejo, Police Superintendents (PSUPT) Ariel A. Capocao, Micahel B. Macapagal, Limuel E. Obon, Jerico O. Baldeo, Marlou L. Martinez, Alex DJ. Alberto, Ritchie R. Claravall, Danilo Y. Pecaña, Robert B. Sales, Richard R. Fiesta, Christian V. dela Cruz, and Dario T. Añasco Jr.

Roxas expressed how proud he was to serve the Filipino people alongside the men and women of the PNP.

PNP Chief Marquez presents Secretary Roxas the PNP Chief Cap

PNP Chief Marquez presents Secretary Roxas the PNP Chief Cap

“I am proud to have been with you and to have served with you. Ang una nating ipinaglalabang iangat ang dangal ng PNP: Mula sa nagawa natin para ibaba ang krimen, sa pagtaas ng morale dala ng mga bagong kagamitan, sa paglutas natin sa mga high-profile kaso, at sa nabanggit kong pagbantay kay Pope Francis,” he said.

“Kapag sinabi nating pulis ngayon, di hamak na mas marami ang mag-iisip na ‘Pulis Panalo’ kaysa ‘Pulis Patola’,” he added.

The DILG Chief also took the opportunity to introduce the members of the House who “would help watch over the PNP’s budget” in Congress: Quezon City 3rd District Rep. Bolet Banal, Quezon City 4th District Rep. Kit Belmonte, Quezon City 5th District Rep. Alfred Vargas, Cavite 1st District Rep. Boy Blue Abaya, Cavite 3rd District Rep. Alex Advincula, Laguna Rep. Dan Fernandez, Sarangani Rep. Carol Lopez, and AKBAYAN Party List Rep. Barry Gutierrez.

Roxas receives the bronze saber from PNP Chief Marquez

Roxas receives the bronze saber from PNP Chief Marquez

As a token, the PNP gave Roxas a personalized jacket

As a token, the PNP gave Roxas a personalized jacket

The PNP Chief presented Roxas with a bronze saber, a PNP Chief cap, and a personalized jacket.

Roxas thanked the PNP for their service, and for their trust in his leadership.

“Pero kumpiyansa ako: Ipagpapatuloy ninyo ang pagpapakita ng tapang, talino at dedikasyon para sa ating kababayan. Sa lahat ng miyembro ng PNP: Salamat sa ipinakita ninyong tiwala sa aking pamumuno. Ipinapangako ko, kahit saan ako mapadpad, gagawin ko ang lahat para masiguro na magpapatuloy ang pag-angat ng PNP.”