Aloha and Mahalo

My Oahu, Hawaii recent pictures and I will be taking more for my Ohana but let us learn Hawaiian first.

quick Hawaiian words to learn

aloha – sincere hello or goodbye/spirit

mahalo – thank you

ohana – family

kokua – to mutually help one another

Oahu – gathering place

Waikiki – bubbling springs/spouting waters

bellows beach

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Bellows Beach

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overlooking Hanauma Bay

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and at the beachfront the class of 110 participants

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Wishing for your kokua. Mahalo!

I GOT FLOWERS TODAY

I  GOT FLOWERS TODAY

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 I got flowers today.

It wasn’t my birthday or any other special day.

We had our first argument last night,

And he said a lot of cruel things that really hurt me,

I know he is sorry and didn’t mean the things he said

Because he sent me flowers today

 

I got flowers today.

It wasn’t our anniversary or any other special day.

Last night he threw me into the wall and started to choke me.

It seemed like a nightmare.

I couldn’t believe it was real.

I woke up this morning and bruised all over.

I know he must be sorry

Because he sent me flowers today.

 

I got flowers today,

And it wasn’t Mother’s Day or any other special day.

Last night he beat me up again.

And it was much worse than all the other times.

If I leave him what will I do?

How will I take care of my kids?

What about money?

I’m afraid of him and scared to leave.

But I know he must be sorry

Because he sent me flowers today.

 

I got flowers today.

Today was a very special day.

It was the day of my funeral.

Last night he finally killed me.

He beat me to death.

If only I had gathered

Enough courage and strength to leave him,

I would not have gotten flowers today.

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To the Victims of Violence Against Women (VAW)

 

Empowerment of the People Understanding the Revised Police Operational Procedures (POP)

The POP is a reference manual on the different aspects of police operations to establish standard for the requirements of a rights-based, proper, effective, and legal police operations such as scene of crime operations (SOCO), investigation, intelligence, special police operations, internal security operations, law enforcement, and public safety operations.

The March 22, 2014 Editorial of the Philippine Inquirer has been unkind to the Philippine National Police with its article, “idiots in the force” regarding the need for a Revised Police Operational Procedure (POP) which was written as a must knowledge for the police force. There was a miscommunication on the term, “idiots guide”.

The POP is not a secret document that is available only to the police force, it is available to the public and it was reviewed by the Commission on Human Rights to ensure that human rights are protected and empowerment of the people towards protecting their rights in any kind of police operations.

Why empowerment of the people?
The PNP trainings (mandatory and specialized courses) and it’s processes are not open to public unless one would like to check and see what the modules are and what are the requirements to pass the course. The qualification of a police officer was made known to all by Senator Miriam Santiago when she said, “a college degree is required to become a police officer, but it is not required to become a Senator or even President”.

The performance of the police officer is basically subjected to many perceptions of how the police officer should do his or her job. The trouble with law enforcement or police work is that there are many masters in this kind of job and everybody is telling the police how to do the job. Was there a time anyone told the dentist how to extract teeth or a surgeon how to operate on the patient?

The POP would be a reference not only for the police officer as he leaves the training institution and perform his job and those police officer who may have forgotten some technicalities, but the POP is also the reference point for the people to see if the police is following the standard and requirements of police operations.

By knowing what are the requirements and the procedures, the people can demand not only transparency but also accountability and responsibility from police officers. Both the PNP and the people or the public can understand the basic tenets of police operations and it’s legal implications through the Revised Police Operational Procedures and in case of conflict shall serve as the reference document for the actions of the PNP supported by legal mandate.

Any violations thereof can therefore be clearly understood and anything less than standard can be a cause of action not only from the PNP leadership but from the people whom they swear, “to serve and protect”.

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