By Erma Edera
Former Manila Police District (MPD) Director Chief Superintendent Rolando Anduyan said that there is no hope for the MPD police officers to be honest following the closure of his brainchild, the “Manila’s Finest Honesty Store.”
“Wala ng pag-asang maging honest ang MPD,” (There is no hope for the police officers at MPD to be honest), Anduyan said in a phone interview with the Manila Bulletin.
The “Manila’s Finest Honesty Store”, considered to be the first of its kind, sells basic food items that are normally seen in a typical neighborhood sundry store like canned food, soda, instant noodles, and instant coffee. It was launched on June 9, 2018.
Anduyan also debunked the statement of MPD Finest Brotherhood Cooperative general manager Ester Tan that they decided to close the store because they have already lost a hefty amount of money.
“Hindi naman ‘yun nalulugi, ‘yung kita pa nga noon ay napupunta sa guard na nakabantay doon,” (The store is not losing money, the profit of the store goes to the police who guards it), he said.
“Tinayo ko naman ang honesty store hindi para kumita. Gusto ko ma-build ang magandang habit ng kapulisan na maging tapat lalo na sa paglilingkod,” (I put up the honesty store not to earn profit. My objective was to develop a good habit for my police officers. For them to be honest especially in their service), he added.
Meanwhile, Anduyan, who is now the chief of the Northern Police District (NPD), said that he also set up an honesty store at their headquarters to test the values and honesty of the policemen.
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