Bartolome opens to go on a non-duty status ahead of retirement

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Nicanor Bartolome is ready give-way for the president’s desire of ‘smooth’ transition in the police leadership once the election ban sets in early next year.

Bartolome made this statement a day after the President Aquino announced in his visit to Laos that he would asked the PNP chief to consider going on a non-duty status a head of his retirement this coming March,

“I should not be worry the commander-in-chief, I should not be the problem… if there was? Hypothetical, I said I would like not be part of their worry,” Bartolome told reporters in Camp Crame.

The PNP chief said that he has been very consistent with his stand that he serves under the pleasure of the president, who had said previously that he would talk to Bartolome on making an early exit in the PNP.

“Latest I’m hearing is that the president might ask me to consider an early retirement or non-duty status… so I am open to the idea. I’m open to whatever the president desires I will follow,” Bartolome said.

But the PNP chief said that he would still have to wait for President Aquino to call him and discuss whatever the plans they have on whether he should retire or go on a non-duty status.

“The president said he will discuss it with me… but what is important here if this is really needed, why shouldI not do it… I’m only a member of the team of the commander in chief,” Bartolome said.

Aquino said during his state visit to Vladivostok in Russia that he would consider asking Bartolome to make an early exit from the PNP since his retirement date will fall right in the middle of election period.

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