Lima (EFE).- The president of Peru, Dina Boluarte, receives the command baton of the Armed Forces and the National Police (PNP).
In the Government Palace three months after taking office and assured that these are “the main allies of the homeland.”
“Our Armed Forces and the National Police have not only defended independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity with effort and courage, but today they fight together with us for development and to build a better country,” said Boluarte after receiving the award. command baton that makes her the first woman to assume this position in the history of Peru.
Accompanied by the Ministers of the Interior, Vicente Romero, and of Defense, Jorge Chávez, Boluarte presided over a ceremony with representatives of the Police, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and rescue, health, and blue helmet brigades.
She declared that it is “a high honor” for her to be recognized as Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and the National Police.
Whatever the political ideas, religion, socioeconomic condition and origin of Peruvians, they are guardians of the homeland of all.
Boluarte took office automatically upon becoming Peru’s president on December 7, but had not participated in the symbolic act.
Boluarte exalts the Armed Forces
The president also highlighted that they are the institutions with “the greatest diversity in the territory”, with citizens and citizen members from all regions, from the coast, the mountains and the jungle.
And he quoted the writer José María Arguedas when indicating that they are Peruvians “of all bloods”.
“This plurality, characteristics and virtues make our law enforcement agencies the main allies of the Peruvian people in the fight against the true enemies of the homeland,” he said.
He recognized the “battle” against drug trafficking in the largest coca basin in the country, the Valley of the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro (Vraem) rivers.
Where there is “a great challenge to establish peace and consolidate the presence of the State.”
He also indicated that it is the responsibility of the Government to provide the Armed Forces and the Police with better material and technological conditions to fulfill their mission, which they fulfill “with loyalty to the Peruvian people.”
On the other hand, he pointed out that his government will soon announce a set of concrete measures to boost growth in the southern region of Puno.
This department is the only one in which part of its inhabitants continue to march against the president and ask for her resignation.
It is where the bloodiest day of the protests took place, in which 18 people died at the hands of law enforcement.