OVER 43,000 police officers across the country were promoted to the next higher rank on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

In Camp Crame, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Rodolfo Azurin Jr. administered the oath of office to 1,172 newly promoted police officers assigned at the national headquarters.

It was simultaneous to the oath-taking, donning and pinning of rank ceremony held in different police regional offices in the country.

A total of 43,823 police officers were promoted, in which 406 were promoted to the rank of Police Major; 3,568 were promoted to Police Captain; 273 for Police Lieutenant Colonel; 1,707 Police Executive Master Sergeants (PEMS); 3,507 Police Chief Master Sergeants (PCMS); 3,033 Police Senior Master Sergeants (PSMS); 5,046 Police Master Sergeants (PMSg); 11,711 Police Staff Sergeants (PSSg); and 14,572 were promoted to the rank of Police Corporal (PCpl).

“Your promotion today defines success, and it is anchored with a huge opportunity and motivation to further impart your ideals, wisdom, and vision. So, as you move up to the career ladder, it is important to remember that with greater authority comes greater accountability,” Azurin said in his speech.

“And as future leaders of the PNP, it is your duty to serve as a role model to your fellow officers. A leader with integrity, professionalism, and respect for the law,” he added.

The top cop encouraged all newly promoted police personnel to continue to learn and actively be involved in promoting PNP’s best practices while building strong relationships with peers and the community.

He reminded them of the importance of mutual trust and respect between the police and the community in order to make the country a safer and just society for all.

“Bilang inyong pinuno, inaasahan ko ang inyong kooperasyon sa ating ginagawang internal cleansing program upang tuluyang wakasan ang mga di kanais-nais na pagmamalabis ng ibang kasamahan natin sa serbisyo at iba pang maling gawain na labag sa batas at moralidad — lalong-lalo na ang mga nasasangkot sa iligal na droga,” he said.

(As your leader, I expect your cooperation in our internal cleansing program to completely end the undesirable excesses of our colleagues in the service and other wrongdoings that are against the law and morality — especially those involved in illegal drugs.) (SunStar Philippines)