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PIA Press Release
2007/09/14

Zambo mayor to police: Be the best, Zamboanga's finest

Zamboanga City (September 14) -- Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday challenged members of the local police to remain committed to their mission of enforcing rules of conduct or laws and not breaking them.

Speaking before participants to the PNP Seminar sponsored by the city government through the People's Law Enforcement Board (PLEB), Lobregat reminded local policemen of their pledge to society, that is, to serve and protect.

"Defy your oath and you shall be prosecuted because you have no place in our police force. Follow your mission and you shall be rewarded. You are part of the criminal justice system", the mayor advised.

The seminar, themed "Law enforcers: Public faith, public trust", was the first of a series under the reconstituted PLEB. The activity was a day long refresher course aimed to remind policemen of their duties and responsibilities as enforcers of the law.

Almost a hundred policemen representing the different divisions and police substations attended the activity initiated by the PLEB, led by Atty. Virginia Ramos. The topics discussed include arrest, search and seizure; PNP qualification standard; human rights violations and other aspects.

Lobregat said preventing policemen from breaking the law is the main reason that prompted the PLEB to come up with such an activity. "This is to make sure that erring policemen are placed before the bar of justice and investigated for wrong doing".

He said as law enforcers, policemen should be aware of their mandate: to prevent crime, investigate crime and arrest offenders, control traffic, maintain order and help deal with emergencies and disasters.

Lobregat also lauded the Ramos-led PLEB for initiating such seminars on a regular basis to constantly remind members of the police force of their duties and responsibilities. The PLEB is a body tasked to hear and decide citizens' complaints filed against any member of the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO). The mayor recently reconstituted the board based on rules and procedures issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Designated vice chairman of the board is Atty. Maximo Perez while Atty. Samuel Mariano, Councilor Cesar Iturralde, chairman of the Council committee on Peace and Order and San Jose Gusu barangay chair Antonio Jose are board members. (CIO/PIA Z.C.) [top]

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