Kin of EJK victims welcome Eleazar’s senatorial bid

Kin of EJK victims welcome Eleazar’s senatorial bid

By Tracy Cabrera

CAMANAVA, METRO MANILA — Surprisingly, interviews with some families and kin of alleged victims of so-called extrajudicial killings or unexplained disappearance of their relatives have earned positive reactions with the decision of retired Philippine National Police chief Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo Tolentino Eleazar to run for a seat in the Senate in the forthcoming national and local elections scheduled on May 9 next year.

In interviews conducted in Caloocan City and Navotas, where it has been reported that an alarming number of EJK victims have been reported, a number of residents welcomed the senatorial bid of the retired general, saying that even in his short stint as PNP chief, Eleazar had markedly instituted significant reforms in the national police force and alleged summary executions involving the police had dramatically lessened as compared to two of his predecessors.

Barely a day after retiring, the former commanding general of the national police force accepted the invitation of presidential aspirant senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson and his running mate Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III to be included in their senatorial slate under the Partido Reporma party and yesterday, Eleazar formally filed his certificate of candidacy (CoC) before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to officially join the senatorial derby for next year’s polls.

“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,” the just retired PNP chief candidly reiterated after filing his CoC.

According to a resident from Bagong Barrio, who requested not to be named and whose son is now languishing in jail due to involvement in illegal drugs, he believes that the country’s former ‘top cop’ would be able to push for changes and reform in the PNP which would greatly benefit the citizenry, particularly in government’s campaign against criminality and illegal activities.

She said that she had closely monitored the leadership of the national police and its policies and she has seen how Eleazar had veered away from what she called the ‘broken promises’ attitude of his predecessors as well as his unique brand of police administration which clearly showed his ability to take decisive action through quick but reflective decision-making. 

In another interview, the close kin of an alleged EJK victim praised that the 26th PNP chief’s honesty and integrity, claiming that Eleazar’s candid nature and quick thinking would place him a notch above other legislators in the Senate, who take so much time to do action against people who are circumventing laws and blatantly violating the trust of the people.

The EJK victim’s kin, who begged for anonymity, cited Eleazar’s reform agenda when he was PNP chief which reflected his extreme desire to instill discipline in the ranks of t he PNP through his Internal Cleansing Program as well as his raising the morale of his men by weeding out the so-called ‘rogue cops’ and promoting those who have shown dedication, loyalty and integrity in serving the public. (mtvn)

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