By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — Philippine National Police Officer-in-Charge Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. ordered police personnel in quake-hit areas to unceasingly pursue anti-criminality efforts despite reeling from the effects of the calamity.
“We are being challenged by this natural disaster but our fighting spirit won’t falter. We must show strength during this trying time,” Danao said.
The major tremor on July 28 which was felt in many parts of Luzon left a trail of damages in infrastructure and claimed lives.
“My instruction is to assist in the rescue and response even up to now that aftershocks are still recorded. But our officers must remember that they are duty-bound to continue operating so peace and order won’t be a casualty,” Danao reminds PNP personnel.
A day after the main quake, Pampanga police conducted a buy-bust operation that hauled more than P400-million worth of illegal drugs and arrested a key drug player.
Danao said that this is what he exactly means,” I laud our operatives for showing the public that we are still on top of the situation despite the limitations brought by the aftermath of the earthquake.”
Danao, at the same time, vowed to check on the condition of the directly affected personnel.
“They will undergo necessary debriefing so they can work productively without any reservations. We also consider the welfare of our personnel,” Danao said. (ai/mtvn)