Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director-General Jesus A. Verzosa and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff, General Delfin Bangit joined forces to participate in a fun run for clean and honest elections.
Some 5,000 policemen and soldiers hit the road from Fort Bonifacio to Camp Crame in a 15-kilometer early morning road run dubbed “Takbo Para sa Maayos na Eleksyon Tungo sa Tunay na Transpormasyon [Run for Orderly Elections for Genuine Transformation]”.
Runners, bikers and walking joggers from the PNP and AFP joined the final leg of the PNP Transformation caravan that awaited the arrival of the “transformation torch” from the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), on its way back to the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame after completing a 16-month sortie across 17 regions.
In symbolic ceremonies in Camp Crame, Verzosa said the transformation torch that was passed to the different PNP units across the country served as a symbol of determination and continuous quest to make the PNP more credible, reliable, and effective.
Bangit, for his part, expressed the full support of the military establishment to the PNP’s reform initiative.
This is the first time that the two top security officials have been seen together following the alleged gap between the two over reports of a ‘junta plot’ in case the May 10 elections fail. Anthony Vargas