By Reni M. Valenzuela
The BBM administration must have been doing right and doing well in certain aspects, except in the aspects of foreign relations, the economy and food production (and a few others), vis-a-vis the West Philippine Sea, Maharlika Investment Fund and the needless importation of onions, sugar, salt, rice, meats, etc. respectively.
In this connection, however, I would like to congratulate our president for having chosen and appointed the brave and courageous Benhur Abalos as his Interior Secretary. The move by the government under his leadership at the Department of Interior and Local Government to purge the police and military of scalawags, crooks and criminals is a move to moralize the police and military, not the other way around.
This is a move to move the nation forward, not anything or anyone.
But for what purpose is the rumor of destabilization plot, true or not, being circulated around? Any such plot/s allegedly being hatched by disgruntled members of the police and military amid the sudden resignation of defense officials and/or on account of DILG’s order for all the top brass (generals and colonels) of the Philippine National Police to tender their courtesy resignation must be rejected, aborted and condemned. It is an act of selfishness, if not guilt, on the part of the plotters.
It goes to show the unworthiness of each one of them in occupying positions of responsibility within the armed organization of the country. And by saying that, I refer not just to the destabilizers (or coup thinkers) but also to those who refuse to submit to the purging process.
On the other hand, those who already heeded the call and have tendered their resignations are commendable for exhibiting such an honorable gesture of patriotism, aware of the fact that they are tasked to defend, secure and serve the country, not themselves and anybody’s interests. Kudos to PNP Chief General Rodolfo Azurin Jr. for being the first to submit his courtesy resignation, and for leading the way.
Time indeed for the biblical separation of the wheat from the tares in the military and police, and in the government as a whole, national and local. It is an imperative act, a long overdue act by the government if the police and military were to get their acts together toward truly solving the country’s problems of criminality, corruption and sanctioned idiocies.
This purging being the latest laudable move of Secretary Abalos will not only help solve the deep-seated drug problem of the country, but as well every other pestering, persisting problems that we have, e.g. smuggling and illegal logging, and many others, wherein police and military personnel (ex and active) are involved one way or another, or themselves the masterminds.
Abalos and Azurin are the double “A”s of the Marcos Jr. administration and together an ace for the government. They both seemed like prized picks, and hopefully, also Carlito Galvez, the newly appointed Secretary of Defense.
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