If you have seen newly-installed Philippine National Police Chief Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar on television, and he has been on the medium many times, there is one word to describe him: “excitable.” He gets excited on the subject matter being discussed and he talks too fast.
Eleazar, who has been bypassed a few times for the top PNP post, is a stark contrast to his predecessor, Gen. Debold Sinas who talks in a desultory manner. Both were batchmates at the Philippine Military Academy and both promised to cleanse the PNP of hoodlums in uniform. Sinas unfortunately did not accomplish much on this pledge, perhaps because of his short tenure in office.
Sinas is most remembered for violating quarantine protocols when he celebrated his birthday through a mañanita last year when Metro Manila was still under the strictest Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) status.
In his watch, General Eleazar pledged to double down in going after the scalawags of the police force. “Internal cleansing will be intensified and no one will be spared,” Eleazar said.
He said there is no reason for policemen to commit any wrongdoing because of their high salary.
“For as long as I’m the chief PNP, every single centavo of your hard-earned money allocated to us will be in good hands. Sa mga natitirang hoodlum in police uniforms, sisiguraduhin ko sa inyo, you will hate me. Hindi ako magdadalawang-isip na magtanggal ng mga tiwaling pulis dahil sa laki ng sweldo na binibigay sa atin ng ating gobyerno at benepisyo, sigurado akong madaming gustong pumalit sa inyo (To the remaining hoodlums in police uniforms, I will make sure you will hate me. I will not second guess the removal of corrupt policemen because there are many who want to replace you because of the big salary and benefits we are receiving from the government),” Eleazar warned.
Eleazar said he will focus on the so-called Intensified Cleanliness Policy (ICP), a roadmap that he first used when he was Metro Manila Police chief. ICP has three main thrusts – physical cleanliness of police stations, internal cleansing among their ranks, and peace and order in communities.
We welcome General Eleazar’s commitment to refurbish the tarnished image of our policemen. But he should cut down his media exposure and just work without fanfare.
There is an old Chinese adage that says “less talk, less mistakes; more talk, more mistakes,” So, just do it, General!