By Tracy Cabrera
File photo of then QCPD director Brigadier General Guillermo Eleazar. (Photo courtesy by Rappler)
MANILA — So much like the support or even more than what was afforded to two former directors of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the persons of generals Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson and Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa who are now both senators of the Republic, erstwhile PNP chief and Partido Reporma senatorial aspirant Guillermo Lorenzo Tolentino Eleazar has also gained the staunch approval of the rank and file as well as ranking officers of the national police organization un his bid for an elected position in government.
Interviews of policemen and their superiors garnered welcome and a positive outlook for the 56-year-old retired general and despite his strict policies for discipline and integrity, most uniformed and civilian members of the PNP have vowed to help in gaining for Eleazar a seat in the august halls of the Senate.
A ranking officer in Camp Crame, who requested not be named lest he is tagged as being involved in partisan politics, enthused that thanks to the discipline Eleazar has instilled in the national police force plus his dogged pursuit of the PNP’s Internal Cleansing Program (ICP), policemen throughout the country have once again earned the respect of the citizenry because of their relentless fulfillment of its mandate of “serving and protecting” the people.
He noted how, despite the criticisms against the conduct of police operations in the government’s vaunted drug war that claimed thousands of lives, the 26th PNP chief restored the trust and confidence of the public to the extent that even families and kin of alleged victims of so-called ‘extrajudicial killings’(EJKs) has expressed a belief that the country’s former ‘top cop’ from Tagkawayan, Quezon would be a ‘plus factor’ in the legislation of pertinent measure that would enhance peace and order policies and the security of the nation as a whole.
“We have faith in his (Eleazar’s) capabilities as a gentleman and officer and we know that he has the PNP and our country in his heart,” the police major said.
Another police officer, who had served under Eleazar when he was then chief of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), likewise praised his former director, praised Eleazar’s leadership capabilities which brought honor and distinction to the QCPD in his almost two years of stewardship.
“Marami siyang nagawang magagandang pagbabago at siya rin ang nagbigay ng motto sa amin noon na ‘Proud to be QCPD’,” the lady major concluded. (ai/mtvn)