There are still more good ones
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
When a Pasay City policeman, who had heroically saved an Indian national from a gang of kidnappers, risking his life and getting critically wounded during the struggle, was awarded for his deed, the lawman, shed tears, to the surprise of those present.
But the cop said it was not because he was touched by the recognition, it was because of his sadness that some of his fellow policemen had gotten such a bad reputation they had smeared those of the good ones who still constitute the majority of the country’s law enforcers.
Senior Inspector Renato Apolinario, 53, had reason to mourn. In the shootout he had engaged in to rescue Indian national Manjinder Kumar, the would-be kidnappers consisted of four policemen and four Indians who, obviously were in cahoots in the attempt to abduct the businessman. Worse, the suspected leader of the group was allegedly Chief Superintendent Edwin Faycho, of the Anti-Narcotics Unit. The other policemen were also members of Quezon City Anti-Illegal Drugs Unit.
And the kidnap group apparently meant business – the two other companions of Kumar whom they were able to snatch – were found dead the next day in two different provinces.
But let us not forget that we do have many, majority maybe, policemen who are honest, dedicated and committed to their job, to the extent of risking their lives, like Renato Apolinario. And recently, some of them have shown this in the way they had doggedly worked to nab their quarry, as in the case of the gunman who left his image on the camera of his victim, Councilman Reynaldo Dagsa of Caloocan.
In Bacolod and Negros Occidental, we also have several stories about successful solutions of cases by our police. Sadly for them, however, their commendable acts, although reported by the media, are often eclipsed by the misdeeds of the rotten ones.
Let us, therefore, not despair over the quality of our law enforcers. There is still hope for them, especially if the bad eggs are ferreted out, as their organization seems to be bent on doing now. In the meantime, we congratulate those who are keeping the faith and the oath they took to serve and protect us.*