As if heaving a sigh of relief, Senate President Franklin Drilon welcomed the resignation of suspended Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima on Thursday.
In a radio interview, Drilon said Purisima’s resignation will take off some burden off of President Aquino’s shoulders after a bloody encounter between the police troopers and moro rebels that led to deaths of the 44 policemen.
“Dapat naman siguro tulungan natin ang ating bansa para makaahon tayo dito sa mga agam-agam. Kung anu-anong naririnig natin. It does not do good for us. Kaya isa po sa aking paningin na makakatulong ay ang pagbibitiw ni Gen. Purisima,” he said.
“Siguro naman kung talagang kaibigan ni Gen. Purisima ang Pangulo ay dapat huwag na siyang magpabigat lalo sa problema ng ating Pangulo, magbitiw na siya. Mabuti naman at he realized na talagang yan ang tamang gawin,” he added.
Drilon also believes that Purisima’s resignation will at least boost the morale of the police force, which has been mourning the deaths of their comrades.
He said the President should now appoint a permanent PNP chief to “establish a clear chain of command.”