Competence and honesty
These are the qualities that President Rodrigo Duterte will look for in choosing the next chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), according to Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo.
When asked whether this meant that the new PNP chief should be free from corruption, Panelo stressed that honest also means that the person is not corrupt.
“Basta pag if you are honest, di ibig sabihin wala kang kaso relative to any irregularity. Pag competent ka, di ibig sabihin magaling ka sa trabaho mo,” Panelo said during a press briefing on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Malacanang.
Panelo also stressed that PNP, just like any organization, has people who meet the said qualifications.
The Palace spokesperson also downplayed speculations that the new PNP chief will come from Davao City, the hometown of the President, or has previously worked with the Chief Executive.
“Si Presidente hindi ba kung minsan hindi naman niya kakilala, ina-appoint niya. Like si (PNP) Chief (Oscar) Albayalde hindi naman niya kilala personal iyon eh; si (Education) Secretary (Leonor) Briones hindi niya rin kilala; (former Budget) Secretary (Benjamin) Diokno; marami ring instances eh,” Panelo said.
“Sometimes, siguro he appoints on the basis of reputation preceding the appointee; kung maganda ang reputasyon sa labas,” Panelo added.
Incumbent PNP chief Albayalde is set to retire from the police force on Nov. 8 when he reaches the mandatory age of retirement, 56 years old. He has also recently been implicated to the issue of ‘ninja cops’, rogue police involved in criminal activities.