Military bishop tells Philippine police to be strong in faith, true to service

Bishop Oscar Jaime Florencio of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines is flanked by top police officials, including police chief Debold Sinas, during the 27th PNP Ethics Day celebration in Camp Crame on Jan. 4, 2021. (Photo courtesy of PNP-PIO)

The head of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines called on the country’s police officers to be “true” to the service and to face criminality not just with courage but also with faith.

“We are in tough times and our response should also be tough but we can only be tough responders when we embrace unity, we value service, and we love our country,” said Bishop Oscar Jaime Florencio, the country’s top military bishop.

The bishop made the statement during the Ethics Day observance of the Philippine National Police on Monday, January 4.

The prelate said that it is only in true service “that we can gain (the) happiness we are looking for” and where “we can find fulfillment in our lives.”

“An honest and dignified service will be even more meaningful if we feel that it is for our country, given to us by God to nurture peace, love and unity,” he said.

The bishop expressed his gratitude to the men in uniform for their tireless work even during the pandemic.

He challenged the National Police to overcome its weaknesses with good work, persistence, and strong faith. -