Non-duty status of police chief ‘not due to performance’-A A +A
Thursday, November 8, 2012
MALACAÑANG clarified Thursday that the plan of President Benigno Aquino III to put Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome on non-duty status has nothing to do with his performance.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the Palace welcomed Bartolome's statement that he is open to the options revealed by the President to place him on non-duty status by the end of November to give his replacement time to prepare for the 2013 elections.
"We certainly welcome the statement of PNP Chief Bartolome," Lacierda said.
"Certainly, our concern here is for the situation in the coming national and local elections. We want to ensure that there will be peace and order hence the need for us to prepare early on in terms of securing the election hotspots and ensuring peace and order throughout the country during the elections," he added.
Aquino, in his interview in Laos, said that Bartolome's non-duty status could take effect by early December.
Bartolome is set to relinquish his post on March 16, 2013 as he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.
If Bartolome agrees to be placed under non-duty status, he will still retire from post in March and will get full retirement benefits.
Lacierda said he is not aware if President Aquino will meet with Bartolome to discuss his non-duty status.
Lacierda, meanwhile, confirmed that Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II has designated PNP Deputy Director General Alan Purisima to oversee the elections.
Purisima, who was recently appointed to head the election task force, is rumored to replace Bartolome.
Purisima is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1981. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)