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Senator Leila de Lima is all praises for PO1 Vincent Tacorda who resigned from service as he could no longer stand the illegal activities of his peers and superiors which included extrajudicial killings and planting of evidence.

“Iyan ang tunay na matapang! Tunay na Pilipino at tunay na bayani!” the detained senator said in her handwritten note dated Sunday (April 30).

“I cannot be more proud and humbled by this sacrifice of a fellow Bicolano. He dared to call out the evil and lazy, unaccountable and false ‘governance’ and in so doing, he served the Filipino people’s interest in truth and justice,” she said.

De Lima was reacting to reports that Tacorda made good his promise to resign if the alleged corruption involving several ranking police officials, despite promise of immediate reforms, in Catanduanes persisted.

He recently tendered his irrevocable resignation to Police Senior Supt Jacinto Culver, group director of the Regional Headquarters Support Group (RHSG) of the Police Regional Office 5.

Tacorda said that he, together with PO1 Dan Bagay, were being reassigned to Camp Simeon Ola because they were against the illegal activities allegedly being perpetrated by their superiors in Catanduanes.

“He was made to choose between life and livelihood and he made the right choice,” De Lima said,

Although the nation remains blinded and imprisoned under the oppressive shroud of butchery masquerading as accomplishments, brutality pretending to be a badge of masculinity and blatant impunity under the mask of decisiveness, the refusal of one police officer to be morally corrupted ensures that one day, truth and justice will prevail, the senator said.

“Ayon nga sa kasabihan, ang pinakamadilim na bahagi ng magdamag ay mago magbukang-liwayway. At kahit na nga ba sa mga pahanong iyon, siguradong may mga nagniningas na bituin sa kalangitan na nagsisilbing gabay sa karimlan at pangako ng pagdating ng liwanag. Ang paninindigan ng isang pulis, tulad ng paninindigan ng isang mambabatas ay marahil maghuhudyat at makapaghihikayat para dumami pa ang mga liwanag sa dilim,” she said.