MANILA Just like in medieval times where knights and lords paint their armors with signs or symbols that would make them stand-out in the battlefield, the 120,000-strong Philippine National Police (PNP) does the same with its badges in order to remind members of the country's proud history and the public trust they are given.
This is made apparent in the words "Service, Honor and Justice" which are stamped all over the PNP badge or "Kalasag".
SPO3 Eric Fernandez, Sr., Police Non-Commissioned Officers Association, Incorporated (PNCOAI) public relations officer, said service is defined for the vibrant and cogent deeds and actions in response to the needs of people in distress.
Honor is the overriding criterion and consideration in the performance of their entrusted task or mission;
And justice is dispensed to everyone whatever is due to him without favoritism or discrimination of any sort, Fernandez stressed.
Other symbols in PNP badge include Lapu-Lapu which is defined as the symbol of bravery and embodiment of all the genuine attributes of leadership, nationalism, self-reliance and a people-based and people-powered community defense.
The green laurel with 14 leaves symbolizes the 14 Regional Commands.
Fernandez said this is a symbol of honor, dignity and the privilege of being a member of a noble organization where the call to public service is par excellence a commitment to public trust.
And the shield or badge is the symbol of Philippine Constabulary, the first National Police by virtue of Organic Act No. 175, enacted by the Philippine Commission on Aug. 8, 1901.
The three Stars -- Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao and the 7,101 islands and the territorial integrity wherein the police must enforce the law and maintain peace and order with the professionalism, zeal and dedication in keeping with the highest ideals and traditions of service to our country and people.
The sun symbolizes flowering, maturing and the ultimate realization of the glorious evolution of the Philippine Constabulary into a national police organization - "national in scope and civilian in character" as enshrined in the 1986 Constitution.
The eight sun rays represent eight provinces whose ideals of courage, gallantry, patriotism led to their revolt against Spain.
Philippine monkey eating eagle - is symbol of swiftness and ferocity, power, courage and immortality. (PNA)