ILOILO – Acting Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) director, Senior Supt. Cornelio Salinas inspected municipal police stations in Northern Iloilo.
The towns covered were Banate, Barotac Viejo, Ajuy, Sara, Concepcion, San Dionisio, Batad, Balasan, Estancia, Carles, Lemery and San Rafael.
The headquarters of the 4th Iloilo Public Safety Company in Sara town was also checked.
“An ideal police force should serve as an example to the community it serves. Laws should be strictly implemented without fear or favor,” Salinas reminded policemen.
He urged them to maintain good relations with the community and live within their means.
To the chiefs of police, Salinas stressed the importance of sound management and warned against negligence.
Salinas also distributed Holy Rosaries and highlighted the importance of spiritual growth in the performance of police duties.
In a recent meeting with Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr., Salinas said policemen engaged in the illegal drug trade and other irregularities will be punished.
Defensor ordered Salinas to prioritize the campaign against illegal drugs, as he has been receiving persistent reports about the illegal drug trade in several towns.
Salinas was previously assigned as director of the North Cotabato Police Provincial Office. At the time, he said, he dismissed 15 policemen who tested positive for illegal drugs.
He said he will apply the same strictness to Iloilo policemen.
Salinas asked for support from the provincial government, the municipal mayors and the district representatives.
He also appealed to the Ilonggos to help the IPPO as it exhausts its capacity and dedication to serve the province.
“Sometimes, we are misunderstood because of our shortcomings and human frailties, but rest assured the police will do its best to make Iloilo the best and the safest place to live, visit and do business in,” Salinas said.
Aside from illegal drugs, Governor Defensor also wanted Salinas to run after illegal fishing and illegal gambling./PN