BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II is set to formally turn over 10 patrol jeeps to the Bataan Police Provincial Office at 1:30 p.m. today. This was confirmed to 1Bataan.com by Bataan PNP information officer, Police Inspector Jennifer Cruz. The patrol vehicles are part of the 210 (4×4) units recently purchased by the Philippine National Police last month.
Roxas will be joined in the official ceremonies by Central Luzon Police Director, Chief Supt. Ronald Santos, Bataan PNP Director, Senior Supt. Rhodel Sermonia along with the chiefs of police from the11 towns and 1 city of the province. Key local officials led by Bataan Governor Albert Garcia are also gracing the event.
In an earlier report, Roxas said the patrol jeeps will be distributed to regional public safety battalions, provincial public safety companies, city public safety companies, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) public safety company, the Special Action Force, the Maritime Group, and the NCRPO’s Special Weapons and Tactics.
Roxas said, during his recent visit to Bataan, that the purchase of equipment was “part of President Aquino’s ‘Daang Matuwid’ (straight path).” “These are the fruits of ‘Daang Matuwid,’ wherein we collect taxes properly and spend it properly – to buy what our agencies need the most.”
Roxas, who is also chairman of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), recently praised the PNP for conducting biddings “free from controversies and issues” and for their intensified anti-criminality campaign. Roxas added that the PNP also plans to purchase over 30,000 battle rifles and some 18,000 pistols.