QUEZON City, Oct. 2, 2015 – Catholic members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday, Sept. 29, celebrated the feast of their patron, St. Michael the Archangel, whom they look up to as a model and inspiration, at St. Joseph Church, Camp Crame, Quezon City.
Patron saint of cops
“St. Michael is the personal saint of every police personnel and of law enforcers in general. That is why all PNP camps nationwide make it a point to commemorate his feast day yearly on Sept. 29,” shared Fr. Jason D. Ortizo, base Catholic chaplain of Camp Crame, in an interview.
The priest-cop pointed out their devotion to the Archangel is rooted in Scripture, specifically in the Book of Revelation (12:7-9), which describes a war in heaven between the good angels led by Michael, and the evil ones led by Lucifer.
“There was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against Lucifer, and Lucifer and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough so they lost their place in heaven,” he explained.
Ortizo noted the same holds true with the police force, given that it is their duty always to protect God’s people on earth.
“May every police officer be inspired by the example of St. Michael who always protects and defends God’s people,” he added.
Presiding over the Mass Ortizo concelebrated in honor of St. Michael was Msgr. Albert Songco, vicar general of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines (MOP).
Also present were other PNP chaplains: Fr. Eligio A. Mativo, deputy director; Fr. Jonathan L. Chy, administration officer; and Fr. Alejo B. Despacio, IT officer.
The Eucharistic celebration was attended by commissioned and non-commissioned PNP officers, and non-uniformed personnel and civilians of the parish. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)