Policeman writes open letter from the frontline to respond to criticism vs policemen and soldiers manning the checkpoints and roadblocks to fight covid-19

Well, it is about time that our policemen and soldiers take the fight to the militants activists where they are also active – not in the streets or in the mountains but in social media.

The perfect example is the open letter written by a police officer using the handle Samuel Colt, in response to militants questioning police and military involvement in the war against covid-19. Check out the photo below to get my point.

In a Facebook post, Colt opened the letter with a barrage of questions to force netizens to think why the police or the military are always present when there is fire in the neighborhood, during natural calamities like floods, in the SEA GAMES?

“Open letter.
Marahil nagtataka kayo bakit me PULIS?? Sundalo?”

Di po ba kayo nagtataka, pag me SUNOG,
Bumbero tapos may pulis?
Pag may BAHA, me rescuer at PULIS?
Simpleng maligaw ka, MANONG PULIS? Pano po papunta sa ganto?
AT kahit NUNG seaGAMES, kapiling nyo ang PULIS.

Colt remarked that there is no need to enumerate but it is hard to deny that the police is everywhere because in case the public isn’t aware, one of the mission-visions of of the police is to maintain peace and order and also to make a “better place to live and work”.

“Hindi na kailangan i enumerate, at hindi maitatanggi na lahat ng galaw natin ay may PULIS na involve, dahil kung hindi nyo po alam ay kasama sa mission vission po namin yan, to maintain peace and ‘ORDER’ and also to make a ‘BETTER PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK'”

Colt argued that without the policemen maintaining order, how can the firemen do its job? What will happen if someone from the would-be fire victims grabs the firehose away from the firemen because they want their house get prioritized over their neighbors? He asked.

“Opo, kung walang mag babantay ng orderliness, pano gagampanan ng bumbero ang duty nila? Na kung me naghihimutok na aagaw ng HOSE ng tubig para unahin ang BAHAY nila. Pano gagamutin ng mga butihing doctor natin kung me aaway sa kanila upang sila ang unahin, remember, PULIS, will maintain “order” orderliness, and we will make our place(community) for a better place to work and LIVE.”

Colt this explains why the police in tandem with the AFP in the face of the threats of covid-19. “KAYA NAMAN SA BANTA NG COVID19, ay nandito ang mga PULIS(kasama ang afp). Kaya sana KUNG nabasa mo ito ay siguro naintindihan mo na.”

Colt also mentioned that their mission-vision includes the line, “with the active support of the community” to remind the public that their success depends on the cooperation of the community. At this point, Colt urged Filipinos to cooperate. For example, if quarantine is imposed, all must follow blah, blah. “PERO ayaw kong kalimutan, ang sabi sa mission namin, “with the active support of the community” OPO! Kasama po kayo, papano kayo makakasupporta? Sa simpleng pag sunod lang. Ayos na po. Pag me quarantine pls follow, pag me curfew, pls follow, after all para po sa lahat ito.”

Colt asked the public to include them and the health workers in their prayers so that they can do their jobs properly and to keep them safe, especially from the virus. “At ika nga ng iba, trabaho namin to, bilang pulis bilang health workers, KAHIT HINDI PO KAMI PASALAMATAN ayos lang po. Hiling lang po namin, ay maisama man lang sa PANALANGIN, na sana magampanan namin ng mas maayos ang sinumpaang tungkulin. Maiwas kami sa kapahamakan, at lalong MAKAIWAS SA VIRUS, para mas marami pa kaming mapag lingkuran.”

Colt reasoned that they too have families waiting for them to come home with sons telling them not to report for work or wives coaxing them to look for other jobs. “DAHIL, may mga pamilya din kaming nag aantay sa amin, magulang, asawa kapatid, at anak na uuwian, na nag sasabing tatay wag ka na pumasok, sa asawa ko na nagsasabing mag hanap ka na lang ng ibang trabaho. Na nag aalala kagaya ninyo at ng pamilya nyo. Pero hindi, sumumpa kami at kailangan namin yun gampanan.”

Cotl ended the post asking sorry for the trouble. “Pacenxa sa mahabang pag basa. Malalagpasan din natin to. Sa tulong at awa ng DIOS. Mabuhay tayong lahat.”

– Deployment @mia road corner roxas blvd. Boundary of Paranaque to Cavite

Samuel Colt’s FB post has gone viral since it was published generating 13,500+ shares, 16,500+ reactions and 2,300+ comments and counting.

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