Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
President of the Philippines
During the 50th anniversary of the Philippine College of Criminology Alumni Association, Inc.
[Delivered at the Manila Hotel, Intramuros Manila, February 14, 2008]
Happy golden anniversary, and Happy Valentine’s Day!
We fondly remember PCCR’s founder, the late Supreme Court Justice Felix Angelo Bautista, represented here by his grandson, law professor Gregory Allan F. Bautista, who had the vision to establish the country’s first learning institution for police and detective science.
Before the PNPA and other police training institutions were set up, the PCCR was the main source of government’s police investigators and other law enforcers.
Nangunguna sa mga nagtapos dito sina dating PNP Chief at ngayon Public Works and Highways Secretary General Jun Ebdane at si retired General Pete Bulaong, ang presidente ng inyong asosasyon at unang graduate ng PCCR na naging Hepe ng Manila Police District, at ngayon Assistant Director ng NBI.
Marami pang ibang nagtapos dito at naglingkod sa sambayanan. Maraming salamat. Sa inyong sipag, laging mamamayani ang kaayusan at batas, upang magtamasa ng kapayapaan at katarungan ang ating mamamayan.
The five pillars of criminal justice system — enforcement, investigation and prosecution, the courts, the correctional system, and the community — underpin the nation’s peace and the people’s assurance of security.
The alumni of the PCCR play central roles at least two pillars of the criminal justice system — enforcement and investigation — and provide crucial support to the other three tenets.
Malaki na ang pagsulong ng ating laban sa krimen at karahasan. Natatandaan ko maraming taong nakararaan, dahil sa pagkilos ng ilang listong pulis, natuklasan ang planong pagpatay sa Santo Papa John Paul II, pati na rin ng isa pang malagim na pakana na maglunsad sa Maynila ng mga unang atake ng terorismo. The slay plot against the Pope was foiled, the terrorist attack was not as gruesome as planned, and Manila policemen were lauded by the Interpol for bringing to the world’s attention the beginnings of international terrorism.
A number of PCCR graduates have figured prominently in the solution of many high profile crimes.
Last year’s total crime volume decreased by 7.4% and street crimes went down by 18.2% from 2006 figures. Kidnapping incidents were cut by half.
Through all these measures, we do not forget that peace is vital to development, and development is vital to lasting peace.
2007 was the best year for the Philippine economy in over 30 years. Economic growth was 7.3%; a million new jobs were created; unemployment is down, poverty is down; the peso is up and the stock market is up.
Investment from abroad is pouring in; we have been cited by the Financial Times of London and the International Data Corporation as the Offshore Destination of the Year and the top global outsourcing destination after India, respectively.
Our billion dollar investment club includes Texas Instruments with its $1.6 billion wafer fabrication facility; two new shipyards of Korea’s Hanjin costing $3.7 billion and making us the fourth biggest shipbuilder in the world. And Marubeni, Tokyo Electric and America’s AES have all invested over a billion dollars to join the ranks of Intel and Proctor and Gamble to name but a few major investors.
And 2008 holds real promise for a different reason: not only do we expect strong growth in the 7% target zone, but as a result of our total economic overhaul, we are poised to weather a global economic slowdown for the first time in our history.
The real story for 2008 is that our macro economic fundamentals are as strong as they ever have been due to tough choices on raising new revenue, cracking down on tax cheats, bringing reform to our revenue collection and modernizing our banking and financial sector. And we have reformed our budget so that we will be in balance way ahead of schedule.
In your time as students at PCCR and in current times, several facts stand out: Our people want peace, stability and progress, our people want to feel secure in a harmonious society, and the whole nation is clamoring for growth and development.
I have been informed that this association has several proposals to achieve peace for the nation and enhance the profession of crime-fighting. I thank you for your willingness to help. I am prepared to refer these proposals to the proper agencies.
Sustaining growth should be done not only by the police and military personnel. There are tasks for everyone in our quest for peace and development.
With your and the rest of the nation’s support, we will meet the challenges squarely to fulfill our destiny as a progressive nation.
Macapagal-Arroyo, G. (2008). President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s message during the 50th anniversary of the Philippine College of Criminology Alumni Association, Inc. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20100412123433/http://www.op.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=981&Itemid=38