SAN FERNANDO CITY – A liaison committee was reactivated to strengthen and foster cooperation and partnership between the church and the military and police in the region.
Police Chief Supt. Leopoldo N. Bataoil, regional director, said the Church and Military-Police Liaison Committee (CMPLC) was reactivated as an avenue to a harmonious relationship of the church, military and police to bring the religious community closer to the PNP and military in Region 1.
Bataoil was appointed as the chairman of the said committee with Rev. German Cabillo, chairman, Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), Ilocos Chapter, as vice chairman. Members include several religious groups such as the Evangelical, Aglipayan, Muslim, UCCP, and the Iglesia ni Cristo. “Through this church military-police liaison committee, we can monitor various activities that affect the lowly citizens in the urban and country side,” said Bataoil.
Meanwhile, Cabillo expressed his appreciation of the PNP and military leadership in forging a harmonious relationship with the Church even as he acknowledged the role of the religious groups in community and nation building.
Brigadier General Loreto Rirao, 503rd Brigade commander, also gave his assurance that the military would cooperate in fostering a harmonious relationship with the religious sector.
Meanwhile, the church, military and police have pledged their support in the implementation of the Anti Kotong program in the region.
Bataoil said this program must be sustained all throughout to eradicate rotten cops that have given the PNP a bad image.
Cabillo hailed the police for its unrelenting campaign against Anti Kotong cops even as he enjoined the officers to make Region 1 a kotong-free place and the Region 1 police as “mamang pulis”.
The anti-Kotong program was started during the time of former PNP chief Gen. Arturo Lomibao, and continued by PNP Chief Avelino Razon, Jr. as his flagship program.#