Protective gear for our “in-the-line-of-fire” Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel should be given priority. Currently, only special units like the SWAT, NBI, PDEA, etc. don bulletproof vests, Kevlar helmets, advanced communications gear and other life-saving paraphernalia. My heart goes to heroes like PO1 Romeo Mandapat who paid the ultimate price in the line of duty. PO1 Mandapat may have had a chance against his drug-pusher killer if he had the proper gear. (

Our policemen and law enforcement agents who go out in the field to conduct raids, arrests, searches and other operations should be adequately provided with protection not only for themselves but for their family and loved ones, too. Doubled or more hazard pay, comprehensive life and medical insurance and other such benefits should be extended to them so that they’ll go out in the field to do their duty knowing that they, and their families, are protected no matter what.