Opposition Sen. Chiz Escudero reminded policemen yesterday that their badge signifies more than just their profession and rank.
"A policeman's badge is worn not to intimidate people but to command respect from them," he stressed during a speech marking the flag-raising and PNP Badge of Honor ceremonies of the Makati Central Police Station.
He noted that respect will come naturally to the profession of policemen if they are able to do their job fearlessly and properly, which will only make the sheen of their badges stand out more easily.
"But the badge will be permanently tarnished once its wearer is unable to fulfill his duty," he added.
Escudero emphasized that the Senate remains committed to providing the proper support and funds to the Philippine National Police.
However, he expressed sadness at the fact that while policemen and soldiers often lay their life on the line while playing a vital role in nation-building, they are also sometimes asked to do menial tasks.
"I don't think it is the job of a policeman to stand as a sentry, act as a bodyguard to rich politicians, or to carry the luggage of high-ranking government officials and their wives. That is the job of a private security guard."
He told the policemen that their respective badges, uniforms and titles all underscore the nobility of their profession that many people still look up to, especially in times of trouble and disasters.
"I call on you to respect the citizenry and their rights so that they in turn will not waver in their respect for you."