By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
An advisory council chair said Wednesday that coordination with the local government unit was deemed important to transform the police force and to uphold the rule of law.
“Like now, we saw the importance of coordination not just with the police but also with the local government units,” Joseph Aaron Miravalles, Eastern Police District Advisory Council chair, told reporters in a press briefing on Wednesday.
However, with the result of the recently concluded midterm polls, it will be a challenge for them to build new relationship with newly elected local officials.
“Nakaraan lang tayo nagkaroon ng election, ito ang challenge sa amin ngayon (We just had an election, this is now our challenge),” Miravalles said during the first ever EPD Advisory Council Summit at Club Filipino in San Juan City.
“New faces, new politics pero iisa parin ang aim namin, ‘yung vision namin sa 2030 still continues (but our only aim is that our vision for 2030 still continues),” he said.
“Ibig sabihin maraming mapapalitan sa advisory council namin, sa kapulisan, sa pulitiko pero yung aim namin di mapapalitan niyan (This means that many replacements will happen with the advisory council members, with the police force and with the local officials, but our aim will never be replaced,” the council chair furthered.
The recent May 13 midterm elections made major changes in the tide of politics in the two highly urbanized cities in the eastern metro.
First-term councilor Vico Sotto defeated incumbent Mayor Robert “Bobby” Eusebio, whose family ruled over Pasig City for 27 years.
In San Juan City, former Vice Mayor Francis Zamora won against Vice Mayor Janella Ejercito-Estrada, whose family made the city their bailiwick for almost 50 years beginning with former president and outgoing Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito-Estrada.