With no legislative agenda yet, Eleazar plans to focus on peace and order

With no legislative agenda yet, Eleazar plans to focus on peace and order

By Tracy Cabrera

MANILA — As he officially files today his certificate of candidacy (CoC) to run for senator in the forthcoming May 9 national elections next year, retired Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo Tolentino Eleazar has admitted that as of the moment, he still has no legislative agenda to show—but he realizes that his main objecting in gunning for an elective post is to focus on peace and order. 

In an interview prior to his filing for candidacy, Eleazar disclosed that he has yet to craft his legislative platform, which he hopes would focus on ensuring security in all its aspects for the welfare of the country and the Filipino people. 

The retired general has decided to run under the Partido Reporma party bannered by the tandem of senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson—himself a former PNP chief—for president and Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III for vice president. 

“First, as I said, it was only a few days ago when I decided, with the blessing of my family, to run. So, we do not have a complete legislative agenda yet. But I can say, this will be related to peace and order in relation to social reforms,” he explained candidly while showing his ability to take decisive action through quick but reflective decision-making. 

“I saw that the use of our state-of-the-art information technology on the side of the people allows them to immediately complain and on the side of the police for monitoring to act on the complaints quickly,” he added when he gave a short speech at the press conference held in San Fernando, Pampanga by the Lacson camp. 

The 26th chief of the PNP also disclosed that in planning to focus on peace and order, he has seen how these could be interconnected to improve the police’s frontline services in order to strengthen the investigative capabilities of the national police as well as streamline or improve police work-related processes that would ensure better serve to the citizenry. 

During his stewardship of the PNP, Eleazar had sought to enhance discipline and professionalism among its rank and file—weeding out the so-called ‘bad eggs’ and instilling dedication, loyalty and integrity in every police officer. 

“We saw the challenge of our police personnel with regards to discipline as well as other things that I have observed being part of the PNP. In these we are all aware of and this is where my experiences as a police officer, God-fearing citizen and family man can all be put into good use as a legislator,” he pointed out in conclusion. (mtvn)

Leave a Reply