Verzosa assures hostage-taking debacle won't affect morale of 130,000-strong PNP

September 2, 2010 11:26 am 

MANILA, Sept. 1 -– Despite the setback brought by the bloody hostage-taking at the Quirino Grandstand, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Jesus Verzosa on Wednesday assured that he is looking after the morale of the 130,000-strong organization to keep the police on tract on its mandate.

”In my concern as chief PNP, I have to see the morale and to look at them and to talk to them so that our normal police functions will not be affected. We just have to continue with our normal police functions and public service,” said Verzosa.

The entire PNP came under fire following the August 23 hostage-taking of a Hong Thai tourist bus at the Quirino Grandstand by former Senior Insp. Rolando Mendoza. The 11-hour standoff ended in the killing of eight Hong Kong nationals.

The incident ended when members of the Manila Police District-Special Weapons and Tactics (MPD-SWAT) assaulted the bus and neutralized Mendoza, a former MPD personnel. Former MPD director Chief Supt. Rodolfo Magtibay, who voluntarily went on leave of absence after the incident, served as the ground commander.

”The whole PNP shares the grief of the Filipino people,” said Verzosa.

Verzosa himself was criticized for not being present at the height of the crisis.

”I was monitoring and giving guidance to our personnel. I was supposed to attend a multi-sectoral forum and RJSCC (Regional Joint Security Coordinating Council) in Region 10. But I am monitoring and giving guidance,” said Verzosa.

Meanwhile, Verzosa vowed the PNP leadership will coordinate with all government agencies now involved in the investigation of the incident. (PNA)

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