Marcos warns erring cops: No room for leniency

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. warned police officers that the government will not tolerate any acts that could tarnish the reputation of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

During the oath-taking of the newly promoted star rank officers of the PNP, Marcos highlighted his administration's "zero-tolerance policy for corruption and human rights abuses within the PNP."

"Mark my words: There will be no room for leniency for those who engage in acts that tarnish the reputation of our police and jeopardize the safety of our people," he said Tuesday.

In June, the PNP said more than 2,500 cops were suspended or removed from service since the start of the year for violating its laws and policies.

Marcos said members of the police force are expected to always adhere to the highest standards and principles in ensuring the public is protected from danger.

The president also urged them to be "agents of positive change, the change that we want to establish in our country."

A total of 57 officials—comprised of four Police Lieutenant Generals, 10 Police Major Generals, and 43 Police Brigadier Generals—were promoted during the ceremony.