Updated 11/21/2020 at 10:41 PM
President Francisco Sagasti, during his recognition as Supreme Chief of the Armed Forces and the National Police of Peru (PNP), highlighted the reincorporation to the police institution of the PNP general commander, Orlando Velasco Mujica, who after an arduous battle defeated COVID -19.
“I want to highlight the reincorporation of the PNP commander general, Orlando Velasco, who after a long fight against this scourge, managed to overcome this difficult test and now we have him back with us. I really appreciate your effort and sacrifice“Sagasti said.
The president recalled that on September 16, the police institution reported that Orlando Velasco was diagnosed with COVID-19. In this sense, the General Command was in charge of Lieutenant General Jorge Lam Almonte, deputy general commander of the PNP.
On the other hand, he also regretted the loss of numerous police officers, who died due to COVID-19. According to the latest report from the Ministry of the Interior (Mininter), about 400 agents died from this disease and more than 24,000 were infected.
“During the last months the Police have suffered two hard blows, the first, as I said, affected police personnel with special training, many became lethal victims of COVID-19”, He detailed.
In relation to the other “coup”, Sagasti referred to the actions of some police officers during the demonstrations carried out in recent days, which left two dead: Inti Sotelo and Jack Pintado, as well as several injured by pellet impacts.
“(About the other coup) that has occurred in the context of the political crisis and is due to the poor performance of some members of the police in the face of legitimate citizen demonstrations that caused the death of two young people, Jack Pintado and Inti Sotelo , which has been severely questioned by citizens and international organizations ”, he highlighted.