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Veteran Ping to Albayalde: Discipline is the key to success

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Discipline will be the key to making sure the Philippine National Police does its job well.

This was the advice of no less than Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who served as PNP chief from 1999 to 2001, to incoming PNP head Oscar Albayalde.

“Only a disciplined police force can discipline society. Good luck, P/Dir Albayalde. Start on the right foot if you intend to set things right,” Lacson said in a tweet (https://twitter.com/iampinglacson/status/982170518613671936).

Albayalde, who President Rodrigo Duterte named as the new PNP chief on Thursday, will succeed Director General Ronald dela Rosa.

Before his new assignment, he headed the Metro Manila regional police force.

Reports quoted Duterte as saying Albayalde is “very strict,” adding, “the stricter, the better.”

He was known for enforcing discipline by personally inspecting police stations and personnel without advance notice.

Lacson, during his time, as PNP chief, also instilled internal discipline in the police force by enforcing a no-take policy, thus getting rid of “kotong” (extorting) cops.

Also, Lacson made sure PNP personnel were physically fit by personally leading workouts – making policemen look respectable to the people.

The strict brand of discipline Lacson enforced earned the PNP – and Lacson himself – high approval ratings from the public.