Gen. Danao must be retained as PNP chief; Grand Cafe 1919 commended

IF the incoming administration of President-Elect Bongbong Marcos, Jr. is serious about having a reformed Philippine National Police (PNP) that is truly deserving of the people’s confidence, it would be best to retain Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao, Jr. as its head.

Gen. Danao does not only have the balls to ‘neutralize’ criminal elements but is also a stickler for integrity when it comes to public service.

Just recently, he did not mince words in warning police personnel who may still be involved in the illegal drug trade, telling them to “stop or I will “change” your lives.       

His exact words were: “Yung mga iba dyan, na hanggang ngayon ay ayaw tumigil sa pag proliferate ng illegal na droga.  I would like to address this to the men in uniform of the [PNP].  Meron pa rin sa atin, mangilan-ngilan, I’m giving you stern warning, nakiki-usap ako sa inyo, please put a stop to these illegal drug menace.”                 

“I’m giving you a stern warning. Ayaw ninyong magbago? Babaguhin ko ‘yong buhay ninyo, kung hindi ninyo babaguhin, palitan ko ‘yong birthday ninyo.  Hindi ako nagbibiro.”

“Nakikiusap ako sa inyo, kung nakalusot na kayo d’yan at hindi kayo nahuli, pasalamat kayo, hangga’t suot ko ‘tong uniporme na ‘to, matuloy man ako na mag-four star o hindi, you take note gentlemen, kilala ko kayo.”

 “Alam niyo kasi I was assigned in NCRPO eh, and meron pa rin d’yan mangilan-ngilan although these are unvalidated reports, pero sabi ko nga just to give a fair warning to everyone not to be involved. This is addressed to all members, be it general, down to the lowest rank of PO1 and NUP. I would like to give you a fair warning, take note, stern and fair warning to everyone.”

Danao expressed disgust that unvalidated reports had it that some police officers are linked to drug trafficking, saying he knows those accused of participating in the said illicit activity, adding that he would go after them whether he gets promoted as a PNP chief or not. 

“There’s still one, paisa-isa na napaka-titigas ng ulo niyo. You will reap what you want, I’m telling you. Ngayon, ‘pag ayaw niyo talagang magbago sabi ko nga, ay ibibigay ko ang gusto ninyo. Meron pa ring paisa-isa although these are unvalidated reports, sana naman ay hindi totoo, at sana naman ihinto na natin kung meron man,” he adds.

Before his appointment as OIC of the PNP, Danao concurrently held the number three and four posts in the PNP Command — Deputy Chief for Operations and Chief Directorial Staff.

A member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1991, Danao served as the director of the Police Regional Office 4A and the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) before he was designated as the PNP’s Chief of Directorial Staff.                                                                                                                

He also was once assigned to Davao City and the position earned him the trust of President Rodrigo Duterte who was then the city mayor.                                  

With Gen. Danao at the helm of the PNP, we are assured of a safer country. Definitely.

By the way, I would like to commend the very courteous and accommodating staff running the now much talked about Grand Cafe 1919 located on Juan Luna Street in Binondo.                 

Particular thanks to its beautiful manager Sarah Jane Nahlen, supervisor Frits Castromero, waiter Jessie Machon and Dave Palermo, headwaiter.                

My balikbayan relatives who ate there recently can’t stop talking about how much they enjoyed the food at Grand Café 1919 over and above the kind of service they experienced, especially from the restaurant’s manager, Sarah, whom they said was kind enough to check on them from time to time as well as how they find the food.                                                                                                                            

I recommended the place to them since it is a favorite hangout place of Mayor Isko Moreno, who had been commending the place publicly since it opened shortly after he assumed office. 

Indeed, my own relatives swear that Grand Café 1919 is a must-try restaurant not only for its ambiance but more so, the food and accompanying service being offered there.         


(Jokjok from Lilia Generoso of Bulacan)

Juan: Pare, sinong idol mo?

Pedro: Si Arnold Schwarzenegger

Juan: Sige nga, spell Schwarzenegger

Pedro: Hinde, joke lang. Pare, si Jet Li talaga idol ko!                                                                                         


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