President Benigno S. Aquino III, along with Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and PNP Chief Director General Ricardo Marquez, honors the colors during the 114th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Friday, August 7 with the theme: “Pambansang Pulisya: Patuloy sa Makabuluhang Paglilingkod at Makatarungang Pagpapatupad ng Batas.” The Philippine National Police celebrates Police Service Anniversary in commemoration of the joint founding anniversaries of the Insular Constabulary established in 1901 and the Integrated National Police, organized in 1975, both forerunner organizations of the PNP. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III, along with Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and PNP Chief Director General Ricardo Marquez, honors the colors during the 114th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Friday, August 7 with the theme: “Pambansang Pulisya: Patuloy sa Makabuluhang Paglilingkod at Makatarungang Pagpapatupad ng Batas.” The Philippine National Police celebrates Police Service Anniversary in commemoration of the joint founding anniversaries of the Insular Constabulary established in 1901 and the Integrated National Police, organized in 1975, both forerunner organizations of the PNP. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Friday told his critics not to use national issue to cause discord in the country.

In a speech during the Philippine National Police’s 114th police service anniversary event, Aquino said he will not let his detractors capitalize on past controversies to promote their own interests.

“Hindi nga po natin hahayaang gamitin at pagsamantalahan ng iba ang mga isyung hinaharap ng bansa; silang mas pipiling yurakan at sirain ang ating pagkakaisa para muling maghari-harian sa poder,” the President said.

President Benigno S. Aquino III honors the colors during the 114th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Friday, August 7 with the theme: “Pambansang Pulisya: Patuloy sa Makabuluhang Paglilingkod at Makatarungang Pagpapatupad ng Batas.” The Philippine National Police celebrates the Police Service Anniversary in commemoration of the joint founding anniversaries of the Insular Constabulary established in 1901 and the Integrated National Police, organized in 1975, both forerunner organizations of the PNP. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III honors the colors during the 114th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Friday, August 7 with the theme: “Pambansang Pulisya: Patuloy sa Makabuluhang Paglilingkod at Makatarungang Pagpapatupad ng Batas.” The Philippine National Police celebrates the Police Service Anniversary in commemoration of the joint founding anniversaries of the Insular Constabulary established in 1901 and the Integrated National Police, organized in 1975, both forerunner organizations of the PNP. (MNS photo)

Aquino issued this statement days after Vice President Jejomar Binay delivered his so-called “true state of the nation address” (TSONA) criticizing the administration’s supposed failures.

Binay said Aquino failed to address poverty, hunger and unemployment in his five years as president.

The Vice President also recalled past controversies faced by the Aquino government—including the deadly Manila hostage crisis and the botched Jan. 25 Mamasapano operation—to illustrate the administration’s supposed insensitivity to the plight of Filipinos.

President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the 114th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Friday, August 7 with the theme: “Pambansang Pulisya: Patuloy sa Makabuluhang Paglilingkod at Makatarungang Pagpapatupad ng Batas.” The Philippine National Police celebrates the Police Service Anniversary in commemoration of the joint founding anniversaries of the Insular Constabulary established in 1901 and the Integrated National Police, organized in 1975, both forerunner organizations of the PNP. Also in photo are Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and PNP Chief Director General Ricardo Marquez. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the 114th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Friday, August 7 with the theme: “Pambansang Pulisya: Patuloy sa Makabuluhang Paglilingkod at Makatarungang Pagpapatupad ng Batas.” The Philippine National Police celebrates the Police Service Anniversary in commemoration of the joint founding anniversaries of the Insular Constabulary established in 1901 and the Integrated National Police, organized in 1975, both forerunner organizations of the PNP. Also in photo are Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and PNP Chief Director General Ricardo Marquez. (MNS photo)

‘PNP won’t be used during polls’

In the same speech, Aquino also expressed confidence that the PNP will not be used for partisan purposes during the 2016 polls.

“Alam kong patuloy lang ninyong tutuparin ang inyong trabaho; na wala kayong kikilingang partido o ilang panig na inuuna ang agendang pansarili, kaysa kapakanan ng nakakarami,” the President told police officers during the event.

“Alam kong patuloy ninyong tatahakin ang landas na makatwiran at makakabuti sa ating mga Boss,” he added.

Aquino also once again challenged the police force to ensure the peaceful conduct of elections next year.

“Ang hamon at atas ko sa inyo: Siguraduhin na patas, payapa at makatarungan ang magiging pagpili ng susunod na pinuno ng ating mga Boss,” he said.

He also told the PNP to go after private armed groups as the 2016 elections draw near. (MNS)

President Benigno S. Aquino III troops the line during the 114th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Friday, August 7 with the theme: “Pambansang Pulisya: Patuloy sa Makabuluhang Paglilingkod at Makatarungang Pagpapatupad ng Batas.” The Philippine National Police celebrates the Police Service Anniversary in commemoration of the joint founding anniversaries of the Insular Constabulary established in 1901 and the Integrated National Police, organized in 1975, both forerunner organizations of the PNP. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III troops the line during the 114th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Friday, August 7 with the theme: “Pambansang Pulisya: Patuloy sa Makabuluhang Paglilingkod at Makatarungang Pagpapatupad ng Batas.” The Philippine National Police celebrates the Police Service Anniversary in commemoration of the joint founding anniversaries of the Insular Constabulary established in 1901 and the Integrated National Police, organized in 1975, both forerunner organizations of the PNP. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by PNP Chief Director General Ricardo Marquez, troops the line during the 114th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Friday August 7 with the theme: “Pambansang Pulisya: Patuloy sa Makabuluhang Paglilingkod at Makatarungang Pagpapatupad ng Batas.” The Philippine National Police celebrates the Police Service Anniversary in commemoration of the joint founding anniversaries of the Insular Constabulary established in 1901 and the Integrated National Police, organized in 1975, both forerunner organizations of the PNP. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by PNP Chief Director General Ricardo Marquez, troops the line during the 114th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Friday August 7 with the theme: “Pambansang Pulisya: Patuloy sa Makabuluhang Paglilingkod at Makatarungang Pagpapatupad ng Batas.” The Philippine National Police celebrates the Police Service Anniversary in commemoration of the joint founding anniversaries of the Insular Constabulary established in 1901 and the Integrated National Police, organized in 1975, both forerunner organizations of the PNP. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III receives a copy of the PNP coffee table book from PNP Chief Director General Ricardo Marquez during the 114th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Friday, August 7 with the theme: “Pambansang Pulisya: Patuloy sa Makabuluhang Paglilingkod at Makatarungang Pagpapatupad ng Batas.” The Philippine National Police celebrates the Police Service Anniversary in commemoration of the joint founding anniversaries of the Insular Constabulary established in 1901 and the Integrated National Police, organized in 1975, both forerunner organizations of the PNP. Also in photo are PDDG Danilo Constantino, PDDG Marcelo Garbo and P/Dir. Juanito Vaño. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III receives a copy of the PNP coffee table book from PNP Chief Director General Ricardo Marquez during the 114th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Friday, August 7 with the theme: “Pambansang Pulisya: Patuloy sa Makabuluhang Paglilingkod at Makatarungang Pagpapatupad ng Batas.” The Philippine National Police celebrates the Police Service Anniversary in commemoration of the joint founding anniversaries of the Insular Constabulary established in 1901 and the Integrated National Police, organized in 1975, both forerunner organizations of the PNP. Also in photo are PDDG Danilo Constantino, PDDG Marcelo Garbo and P/Dir. Juanito Vaño. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the 114th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Friday, August 7 with the theme: “Pambansang Pulisya: Patuloy sa Makabuluhang Paglilingkod at Makatarungang Pagpapatupad ng Batas.” The Philippine National Police celebrates the Police Service Anniversary in commemoration of the joint founding anniversaries of the Insular Constabulary established in 1901 and the Integrated National Police, organized in 1975, both forerunner organizations of the PNP. Also in photo are Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and PNP Chief Director General Ricardo Marquez. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the 114th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Friday, August 7 with the theme: “Pambansang Pulisya: Patuloy sa Makabuluhang Paglilingkod at Makatarungang Pagpapatupad ng Batas.” The Philippine National Police celebrates the Police Service Anniversary in commemoration of the joint founding anniversaries of the Insular Constabulary established in 1901 and the Integrated National Police, organized in 1975, both forerunner organizations of the PNP. Also in photo are Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and PNP Chief Director General Ricardo Marquez. (MNS photo)