At least 2,014 runners, police officers and private individuals from different sectors of society, joined the Dalagan Suporta sa Kapulisan fun run-for-a-cause in Bacolod, Saturday.
Chief Supt. Cesar Hawthorne Binag, police regional director of Western Visayas led the Bacolod fun run aimed at raising funds to support police officers who are facing harassment and administrative charges in line with the performance of their duties.
Binag, in his speech, said Chief Insp. Charlie Sustento, who was an awardee last year as the junior officer of the year in the region, was dismissed with three other police officers because of harassment charges against them.
That was why the Police Regional Office-6 crafted the fun run-for-a-cause, to help police officers just like those dismissed cops, Binag said.
“It is not only Sustento, there are still other police officers who are facing charges and they will be given aid through PRO-6. In your every run, remember that you are supporting police officers who are doing their job but are facing harassment charges,” Binag said.
The Bacolod fun run was held simultaneously with other fun runs all in the six districts in Negros Occidental, Senior Supt. Francisco Ebreo, Bacolod City Police Office head, said.
“I see through this activity the Filipino characteristic of being concernedfor one another. The presence of everybody signifies that the community is supporting and rendering service to the police, who are also rendering service to the public,” Ebreo said.
The effort of everyone is an encouragement to the police force to perform their mandate and offer their lives to maintain the peace and order of the community we are living in, Ebreo said.
Participants danced the zumba before the gun start for the 10K, 5K, and 3K runs.
Ebreo said he was happy and thankfulthat all sectors of the community were supporting the program of the Philippine National Police.
Also present were Iloilo City Local Youth Development Office executive director Rey Jason Gregorio and Bacolod League of Barangays president Noli Villarosa.*SGG
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