PLANS TO HIMSELF LEAD PNP
One of the reasons why President Rodrigo Duterte having trouble choosing the next chief of the Philippine National Police is because many police and military personnel are involved in the illegal drug trade.
“Police officers have lots of problems. Even these generals, they’re involved in the illegal drug trade. That’s what I don’t like. Even generals,” Duterte said in an interview in Malacanang Thursday night.
If he could not decide on whom he would appoint as the next chief of the PNP, Duterte said he would rather lead the police force himself.
While Duterte said that even police generals are involved in drug dealing, he said earlier on November 9 that three police generals on his list of contenders for the next PNP chief are “all good.”
The contenders are PNP officer-in-charge, Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa, Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan, deputy chief for operations and Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, former Metro Manila police director and now head of the Directorial Staff.
Duterte said he was taking his time in deciding who the next PNP chief will be because he is still conducting an “extensive background check” to ensure the next top cop is free of corruption cases.
“If they have even a single case of corruption, you’re out,” Duterte said in a chance interview with reporters on Thursday night.
“I would rather not appoint anybody for that matter. Ako na ang hahawak (I will handle it). I will be the one directing…guidance and direction lang naman ako (I will only be there for guidance and direction),” he added.
Asked what would push him to lead the police force himself, Duterte said he would only come up with the decision as a last resort.
He, meanwhile, urged the PNP to suggest the “best guy” who could replace resigned PNP chief Oscar Albayalde who stepped down on Oct. 14 amid the “ninja cops” issue.
“Show me, tell me, who’s the best to handle the command. Just give me an honest man, period. And for all of the Cabinet members including the military men who are about to enter the civilian service. Just be honest, that’s all,” Duterte said.
He also admitted that there were “so many things that the police has to improve on.”
“Itong pulis maraming problema. Pati itong mga generals…nila kasama sa droga. Yan ang ayaw ko diyan. Pati generals (These police, they have lots of problems. Even these generals, they’re involved in the illegal drug trade. That’s what I don’t like. Even generals),” Duterte said.
Duterte admitted that he failed to fulfill his campaign promise to end the illegal drug trade within six months because he did not know the gravity of the country’s drug problem until he became president.
“Hindi lumabas ‘yan hangga’t di ako naging presidente (That didn’t surface until I became president),” Duterte said.