Albayalde, Bishop David: Kapampangans from 2 camps
Aside from being faces of recent news, Kalookan Bishop Pablo David and National Capital Region Police chief Director Oscar Albayalde have another thing in common: They both grew up in the province of Pampanga.
A Facebook post made by a member of the Center for Kapampangan Studies described them as two brave Kapampangans: One acting as the voice “crying in the wilderness against the killings in his diocese and elsewhere” and the other heeding that voice and doing the unexpected.
He was referring to Albayalde’s decision on Sept. 15 to remove the entire Caloocan police force following the series of killings of young people seemingly treated as “casualties” to the drug war.
This includes Kian delos Santos, 17; Carl Arnaiz, 19; and Reynaldo de Guzman, 15.
In a Facebook statement, Bishop David emphasized the importance of restoring decency in our law enforcement agencies.
“I have never doubted even once that there are as many good police officers in our country as there are misguided and abusive ones among them,” Bishop David said.
“I imagine how deeply hurt they must be, especially now that the credibility of the whole police institution is being seriously eroded by many well-attested cases of abuse that are beginning to look more like the rule than the exception in some places,” he added.
He said the decent policemen must defend the integrity of their institution by taking the initiative to discipline their own ranks.
“This is the time when they should realize why they should actually treat the Commission on Human Rights as their ally and not as their enemy,” the bishop said.
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