The Philippine National Police kicked off its own commemoration on Monday, March 15, 2021, of the 500 Years of Christianity in the country during the traditional Monday Flag Raising Ceremony, ahead of the national inauguration on April 4, 2021. The 500th year celebration of Christianity in the Philippines marks two milestones in Philippine history: the birth of Christian Faith which dates back to March 31, 1521 when the first Holy Mass was held in Limasawa Island and the victory of Lapu Lapu and his warriors in the Battle of Mactan which served as among the inspirations of our heroes.
“The quincentennial celebration is not just an ecclesial celebration, but deserves the recognition and appreciation of the country including the police organization. The PNP core value “MakaDiyos" is but a manifestation of our strong desire to commune with God who is the greatest reliable source of courage and strength in the everyday fulfilment of our job as police officers to serve and protect the public” said Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar, Officer-In-Charge of the PNP. Heralding the theme: “500 Years of Christianity strengthens the Faith, Discipline and Integrity of the PNP”, the PNP presented awards to selected bishops, priests, evangelical leaders and PNP Chaplains who have been instrumental in the development of Christian faith in the country and who have been helping the PNP personnel to become a more God-centered, service-oriented and family-based public servants.
Meanwhile, Most Reverend Nolly C. Buco, D.D, JUD, Auxiliary Bishop of Antipolo who was guest of honor and keynote speaker in the ceremony espoused the constitutional guarantee “Public office is a public trust” in his speech. “As public servants, we also have a vocation. By simply doing our jobs with honesty, discipline, and integrity, we can be holy just like the saints. Our jobs, our works are paths to holiness. It is now for us to act upon it.”, Bishop Buco said.