To ensure peace and order in the upcoming 2016 elections, President Benigno Aquino is allegedly being pressed by allies to immediately appoint a new Philippine National Police (PNP) chief the soonest possible time.
In separate statements, Senator Bam Aquino and Francis “Chiz” Escudero reportedly urged the president to immediately effect the permanent assignment and appointment of the PNP chief as well as heads of various crucial posts in the police force being headed by officials in acting capacity.
Sen. Aquino vehemently said the general public, especially in Metro Manila, view peace and order as a high priority issue. Thus, the appointment of the next PNP chief is highly required.
However, Aquino disclosed that the next PNP chief should possessed excellent qualification, track record, and merits which are all subject to the scrutiny and approval of the appointing official; specifically the President.
Sen. Escudero, on the other hand, said it saddened him to learn that there are some 30 chiefs of police and provincial directors nationwide who are all serving in acting capacity.
“The government should address this as we approach the elections. The posts should be held by permanent officers, not just officers-in-charge,” Escudero disclosed.
The PNP which is purportedly comprised of some 147,966-strong personnel is at present being headed by officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, who is set to retire on July 19.
Lack of certainty in the tenure of police officers with acting status, according to Escudero, has always been faced with the possibility of the concerned official to be removed or replaced anytime.
The Philippine law stipulates that the National Police Commission (Napolcom) nominates three potential candidates for police chiefs to local government executives for approval.
In case no one is chosen by the mayor or the governor from among the potential candidates, only then can an OIC be assigned to assume the post.