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Army have a background that makes them feel proud :
long tradition on guard of democracy and respect for the goverments
elected by the people. They have kept a dedicated attitude in
front of the critic and have been receptive to set about rectifications.
Their performance have been exposed to the public opinion. To
verify this, suffice it to look at the reduced expenses that were
submitted to reserve.
took on a solemn commitment: to be the first soldier of our motherland.
I will share with you the daily hard work to recover security
and order, which is the fundamental value of the liberty.
concept of Democratic Security has a comparison and an objective.
Security is not to prosecute true or imaginaries ideological enemies,
neither it is to sustain an unique party regiment. Security is
to protect all citizens in one pluralist nation, open to the fratern
Security is for all colombian people. In such a way, that people
don't be displaced from their lands, business men, don't be kidnapped,
journalist, don't be frightened; that the bishops, nuns, pastors
and educator's mission would be respected. That the trade unionist
can practice freely their activities; that politician's leaders
can move without fears, that human' right's defenders can do their
labor without threats.
We must work in two points: Resources and Results
Our compatriots have accepted, with a will without precedents,
to pay a tax of one pont from the gross domestic product, 2 billion
pesos approximately, to support Colombian Army.
it is your and mine turn, to work for give results. This action
will be framed in following elements:
Transparence. You will honor the good name of the Motherland with
the strict observance for human rights. Without these,maybe we
can have appeasement, but we there will never be reconciliation.
A fair accusation will be punished without hesitation. You, who
take the emblems and the arms of the Republic, you have to set
an example in the fight against corruption. That example will
occur in contracts, purchases, in the impediments to avoid interest
2. Efficiency . The citizens security demands that the troops
are always riding on the back of the initiative. It must be arrive
on time at the municipalities, by air, earth or in little trucks,
and thus avoid the destructive taking, the police's murders or
the civilians massacre. The greater risks that take the Public
Force will make understand to the violent ones that their actions
imply true risks for them. Consequently, our troops initiative
will be dissuasive and it will come a time of greater security
for such police and soldiers.
Austerity. Security and social investment require more resources.
The problem is about incomes and savings. The referendum proposed
is the principle of saving to set an example and to transfer more
than $ 300,000 million to education. The Administrative Reform
will aim to defeat the practice of obtaining votes with promises
and bureaucratic practices in the state, as well as to construct
the Social State that give confidence to the citizen. The Presidency
of the Republic will be austere. The Public Force will be austere:
the administratin civil personnel will be the required minimum;
the offices will not be saturated of members of the forces, whose
presence is demanded in the streets and the fields; the representation
and the ceremonial will be sober and minimum; the commissions
abroad, that in the middle of the deprivations are part of the
encouragement and the formation, must be reduced and in this moment
of national emergency, many of them must return from the embassies
to the first line of citizen protection.
Coordination. The whole national territory demands permanent coordination
with prosecutors and judges. We must respect justice as an element
tutelary of our State and the actions of the Public Force must
be coordinated with those who administer it. It is demanded coordination
among all forces, that any of them proceeds separately.
is also required to achieve efficiency and transparency in the
purchases, good analysis and right use of the intelligence gathering,
and the greatest productivity in resources as sensible as aviation.
5. Lawfulness. All performances must occur within the framework
of the legal norms. We will advance in the Inner Commotion with
decrees that facilitate their performance, without affecting the
citizen liberties nor guarantees. In the same direction we will
propose to modify some articles of the Constitution, a law of
National Security and a reform to the justice that approach it
more to the citizen and makes it agile. We required a modern Legal
Order against violence.
6, Cooperation . To restore the public order is a task of the
State in its integral dimension, that prevent the exclusion of
any institution and forces the additional commitment of the whole
citizens. We need that all people cooperate with the Public Force.
Let's accomplish the initial goal of organize a million. This
cooperation must be institutional and voluntary. Institutional
with the direction of the public force and the control of the
competent organisms. Each soldier and each police will be a pedagogue
to persuade the citizen in order to cooperate with the Public
Force. That nobody can complain about to be constrained or to
be coerced to collaborate. Much more that in the principle of
the legitimate defense, the cooperation rests in the solidarity
that corresponds to the modern Social State of Right. The cooperation
takes form in the masificación of the local fronts of security;
making the most, for public purposes, of surveillance private
companies, in the cooperator networks, the back soldiers and police.
This will be also a way to do military service in residence's
place and also of voluntary enrollment. It will be used in highways,
fields and cities. It will count on moderate remuneration and
will foster solidarity with institutions.
The cooperation requires the citizenship's confidence. The confidence
is acquired with good treatment and effectiveness. That the farmer,
the worker, the industralist, feels amiable treatment from the
Public Force. That the spirit to cooperate would be stimulated
with the opportune and effective reaction.
will continue in the search of increase the international cooperation
for our Public Forces. Our performance will be face to face and
with the letters on the table. The national and international
community is invited to supervise it. The Public Force won't be
hostile with any communitarian organization but there won't be
place for territories excluded from their protection. The Public
Force constitutes the coercive element of the Constitution to
protect the life, the freedom and the goods of the citizens.
are not a war actor or a conflict one, and we do not have to allow
that they would be compared with violent groups. The will must
take priority over resources. We need soldiers, police, helicopters,
resources are slenders, very limited. But if will exceeds it won't
be budgetary poverty that stops us to give back us the security
to the Colombian people. Our Motherland needs a Government opinion
and a Public Force of opinion. The popular support depends on
the good government and the effectiveness and transparency of
the Public Force. The good image is not maintained with the words
but with the facts. Communication must be organized, be unified,
be explanatory and be sparing in adjectives. It doesn't worth
to describe the delinquent like arcangel or demon.
To do it is an unnecessary waste of time. Instead of get involving
in verbal disputes with violent groups, the practical thing is
the effective containment. I aspire to return to this place, at
the end of the four-year period, so that you and I watch our compatriots
eyes and find in all an expression of calmness and tranquillity
that reflects the infinite and full of affection effort of the
soldiers and police of Colombia. The times of the governments
are very short and those of the delinquency are long. Then let's
begin immediately and do not lose a single minute.