While the police in the United States have taken
up monitoring rappers in various cities across the country, police in the Philippines
will compete for the best rap artist within their ranks.
The National Capital Region Police Office is
coordinating the "Kuya Ko 2 Rap Contest," in an attempt to find the
best emcee in Metro Manila’s police units during today’s celebration of Independence
Police from different units in Manila, a metropolis
of almost 20 million residents, will compete against one another for the "Best
Rap Artist Award" at NCRPO’s headquarters.
Officials for NCRPO said that a policeman that
can rap will bring officers closer together with the communities they serve.
"There are numerous ways of expressing love
of country and patriotism. It does not necessarily have to come in the form
of heroic acts," NCRPO chief Director Ricardo de Leon told Manila’s Today
Newspaper. "Expressing nationalism through the arts is a way of giving
importance to freedom."