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Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa is hopeful that the partnership between cops and the public against criminality and illegal drugs will strengthen in 2017 after a challenging year.

In a statement issued Saturday (Dec. 31), Dela Rosa urged Filipinos to keep the lessons of 2016 in mind even as they welcome the new year with optimism.

“Nawa’y maging gabay natin ang mga nangyari sa nakaraang taon upang mas lalo pang maging matibay ang pagbubuklod-buklod ng kapulisan at mamamayan sa mga pinaigting at patuloy na pagsugpo sa kriminalidad, korapsyon at ilegal na droga,” he said.

On behalf of the PNP, Dela Rosa expressed confidence that the country will overcome any difficulties it will face in the coming year.

He said the PNP is one with the people in hoping for a “peaceful and prosperous” 2017.