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What (police) men can do, women can do better

Posted by Abi Kwok on March 6, 2009

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 18:21:00 03/06/2009
MANILA, Philippines—For a woman chief of police like Superintendent Lailene Amparo, duking it out in a man’s world like the national police force is not as hard as it seems.

In fact, she said, what policemen can do, policewomen can do better.

But Amparo, who is the chief of police of Marilao town in the province of Bulacan, admitted she initially got the usual surprised looks from her men whenever she would personally lead police operations.

“Eventually they got used to having a woman police chief,” Amparo said in an interview after the weekly media forum at Camp Crame on Friday.

Amparo has been Marilao’s chief of police for more than a year now.

Armed with her service pistol, Amparo would lead her men in risky police operations, such as arresting robbers.

She admitted that being a ranking policewoman, she would usually fear for the safety of her family, especially her two children.

“Having fears is just normal. There were times when I felt afraid of dying because my youngest is still studying,” Amparo said, referring to her 20-year-old son.

But she quickly added she has no regrets joining the police force.

“I’m proud that I have reached this stage of my life and a lot of people have faith in me,” Amparo said.

In fact for her, being a policewoman is advantageous in addressing crimes against women and children.

It’s easier for women who are victims of rape to tell their story to a policewoman, she said.
In Marilao, rape cases comprised 50 percent of crimes reported to police in February, Amparo said.

And despite some threats to her life because of the nature of her job, she said that she “will not give up” and “I’m not afraid to die.”

Amparo’s advice to other women who want to venture into the man’s world: “If men can do it, women can do it too. Sometimes even better.”

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