Roxas’s camp scouting early for next chief PNP

THE camp of Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas III continues with conducting background-information check several senior police officials that are perceived in the race for the next chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

A Camp Crame based police official based said that the scouting being conducted by Roxas’s camp have started even before he had assumed the post of as secretary of DILG last October 1.

“It is confirmed that there’s an initiative from the camp of the Secretary of Interior and Local Government (SILG) to conduct partial BI on some senior police officials,” said by the police official who asked not to be named.

The police official said that subject of the partial BI check by Roxas’s camp those senior police officials who are said to be potential candidates as next chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“It has a very low key undertaking and they are consulting selected police officers from junior, middle grade, senior grade and even some retired police officials,” the police official said.

The police source also added that some of the police officers that are subjected by Roxas’s camp for partial BI check belongs to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) classes of 80, 81 and 82.

“There’s no interim shortlist at the moment, but it’s a semi-deep selection framework from PMA class 80 to 82… its still early to say, but Roxas apparently wants to be sure of the choice for next year,” the source said.

The current PNP chief, Director General Nicanor Bartolome belongs to PMA class 80, the same PMA class that adopted the sisters of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III as their honorary members.

Even before Roxas was named by the president to the DILG post left vacant with the death of Jesse Robredo last August 18, former Metro Manila police chief, Director Alan Purisima is said to be groomed as Bartolome’s likely successor.

However, President Aquino reportedly relegated to Roxas, an adopted member of PMA class 84, the decision to appoint the next PNP chief when Bartolome retires from the police service March next year.

Roxas hinted last week that the president prefers an early change of leadership in the PNP since Bartolome’s retirement will fall in the middle of the campaign period of next year’s elections.

The interior secretary’s hint of change in police leadership came almost a day ahead of the promotion of three senior police to the next higher rank, which PNP observers says shape-up race for Bartolome’s successor.

Promoted ranks were Director Alan Purisima, the PNP chief of directorial staff and Chief Supts. Leonardo Espina, director of the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCPO) and Cipriano Querol, chief of the elite Special Action Force (SAF).

Purisima, widely perceived as Bartolome’s successor, was promoted to the rank of Deputy Director Geneal (Lt. General in the army) while Espina and Querol were promoted to the rank of director (Major General in the army).

The three newly promoted senior police officers, who are now perceived as top contenders for the top police post, were ironically belong to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 81.

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