Mayor Baste to new city police director: Our mission is clear

(L-R) Outgoing DCPO chief PCol. Alberto Lupaz, new DCPO chief PCol. Richard Bad-ang and Davao City Mayor Baste Duterte. (DCPO Photo)

Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte welcomed Colonel Richard P. Bad-ang as the new city director of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) stressing his administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.

Bad-ang formally assumed the position as city director replacing Colonel Alberto Lupaz in a turnover command ceremony at Camp Captain Domingo E. Leonor along San Pedro Street in Davao City on Friday afternoon.

In his message, the mayor declared war against illegal drugs and told those involved in illegal drugs to leave Davao City.

“So, I hereby declare the campaign that Davao City is at war against drugs. Buot pasabot ana, pasensyahay ta. Tagaan ta mo ug oras muhawa mo diri kung gabaligya mo ug droga, if you are selling drugs sa mga bata, sa mga breadwinners sa pamilya ug bisan kinsa pa dinha, hawa na karon kay napul-an nami dili mi gusto ug ingon ana diri,” the mayor said.

Duterte made this pronouncement clear to the new city director as well as told him to make sacrifices for the Dabawenyos.

“To the incoming sir (Bad-ang), my pronouncements are clear klaro gyud na nga we will stand by it until the day I die para sa mga taga Davao magsakripisyo gyud kita. Kung gusto ninyo nga muasenso pa ta, musaka pa ta ug mulabaw pa ta sa asa ta karon, sakripisyo kay kung dili kita ang magsakripisyo ug kung ang masakripisyo ang mga tao. Sa mga tropa nato dinha nga gatuo ug kaayuhan, salamat kaayo sa inyuha dili nako kalimtan ang inyuhang ginabuhat para sa mga tawo,” he said.

The mayor also expressed his gratitude to Lupaz for accepting the challenge of guarding Davao City.

Bad-ang, who served under former mayor Rodrigo Duterte and former mayor Sara Duterte, vowed to address issues and incidents involving peace and order and public safety.

“Today, Mayor Baste in line with the legacies of Mayor Rody and Mayor Inday, continue to provide us everything we need in order to effectively implement the treasured laws and ordinances of the city,” Bad-ang said.

Bad-ang said DCPO will be in the frontline of initiatives such as the reconstitution of Davao City Peace and Order Council to a more holistic, efficient government, committee collaboration and effective ways to address the security concern of Davao City, local peace and order and public safety plan, which is now incorporated with the comprehensive development plan of the city.

“As the new director of DCPO I am here to serve and make these plans in effect,” Bad-ang said.

Bad-ang was the former chief of the intelligence unit of DCPO and the former chief of Central Visayas’ Philippine National Police (PNP) finance service.

He said his priority programs in order to sustain the gains and advantages of his predecessors in the fight against criminality, terrorism and illegal drugs will focus on personal moral and welfare, optimalization of assets and community engagement.

“The moral and welfare of my men is always my priorities in all of my assignments,” Bad-ang said.

To the personnel of DCPO, Bad-ang said in order for the people to support and trust the police they need to establish their integrity for the Dabawenyos.

“We have to show that we are worthy of their trust as their partner in their community. I want to assure you that I will continue to implement the anti-criminality programs of the PNP,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lupaz offered his full support to Bad-ang and encouraged him to lead with integrity, passion, and dedication.

He also thanked the men and women of DCPO who serve tirelessly to serve and protect the Dabawenyos.

“To all the Dabawenyos, thank you very much for allowing me to serve you particularly guaranteeing the safety and security is an essential for peace and order in the city,” he said.

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