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PGMA lauds PNP for achievements

Manila (7 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo lauded yesterday the gallant men and women of the Philippine National Police (PNP) for their bravery and selfless dedication to duty, law enforcement and preservation of the country's democratic ideals and institutions.

In her speech keynoting the PNP's 17th anniversary celebration at Camp Crame in Quezon City this morning, the President said that thanks to the PNP, "we have been meeting with success in the fight to put an end to the legacy of (crime) and political violence."

"With the priority you have given to that legacy, we will continue to bring perpetrators to justice, jail criminals, and exhort the nation to leave its terrible legacy of political violence," the President said.

In his welcome remarks, PNP Director General Avelino Razon Jr. said that in 2007, the PNP registered a 83 percent drop in political killings, a 7.42 percent decline in the total crime volume of 71,226 to 65,994; a 22 percent drop in street crimes, a 50 percent decrease in kidnap-for-ransom cases, and a 9 percent reduction in drug-related cases.

"For the period (2007), we posted a crime solution efficiency of 88.37 percent," Razon said.

The President also lauded the PNP for various projects and programs it has initiated to improve police visibility and integration in the community.

"Congratulations for your neighborhood partnership program which was cited by the United Nations Agency for Asia and Far East Institute for Crime Prevention and Treatment of Offenders as a model community-participation in crime prevention," she said.

"That institute also noted the PNP's achievements against the trafficking of persons, particularly child sexual exploitations," she added.

The President said these lofty achievements clearly showed that the PNP had "devoted themselves to the protection of human rights, not only in the political sphere but in the sphere of women and children's welfare." (OPS) [top]

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