THE director of Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 said anyone who leads the national police force should be respected.
Chief Supt. Patrocinio Comendador Jr. said incoming president Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has the right to choose the next official to lead the 160,000-strong Philippine National Police (PNP).
“Whoever sits as chief PNP is appointed by the president…the president has the mandate of the people. We are duty bound to follow his orders,” he told reporters yesterday.
Duterte has chosen Chief Supt. Ronald dela Rosa to replace PNP Director General Ricardo Marquez.
Dela Rosa is considered a junior official being a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1986. There are senior officials holding current posts in the PNP.
Comendador said it happened before that a junior official sat as the PNP chief.
“The organization will adjust to itself,” he said.
Comendador, a member of the Philippine National Police Academy Class 1985, added that they follow their superiors because they “respect” them and not because of their position.
“We follow the leader because we respect him,” he said. “I think maayo ra man siya mahimong chief PNP.”
When asked if Dela Rosa’s pending appointment as PNP chief can cause low morale among his upperclassmen (classes 1983, 1984 and 1985), Comendador said: “Sa uban siguro (Maybe others will be affected).”
No one would feel a low morale if the officers respect their leader.