Press Release
January 19, 2013


Senator Francis 'Kiko' Pangilinan urges the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to be relentless in weeding out 'rotten apples' from within their ranks and gain the confidence of the people they were sworn to protect.

"It is unfortunate that the PNP and the AFP are tagged in another controversy with the Antimonan shooting. But this is a battery test for these agencies in their capacity to police their ranks. The PNP and the AFP need to work on addressing these scalawags as a means to help improve its image."

Pangilinan lauds the Department of Interior and Local Government as well as the Department of Justice for their swift and decisive actions in taking to task those involved in the Antimonan shooting, wherein 13 victims were said to be summarily executed. Pangilinan also called on the National Bureau of Investigation to shape up, as it too found itself landing in the news for an embarassing shootout within its compound after an altercation among agents during a drinking spree.

"The PNP and the AFP were never quite able to improve their image as far as abuse of authority is concerned. Even the NBI would routinely find itself in the middle of controversies. These agencies are our protectors and keepers of the peace. As long as there are rotten apples in these agencies, the peace and order situation in the country cannot be properly addressed. Needless to say, whatever gains the Philippines may achieve in terms of economic prosperity would be for naught if investors feel they cannot safely conduct their businesses here."

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