By Genalyn Kabiling
As three candidates are reportedly vying for the top Philippine National Police (PNP) post, President Duterte has called for a “wider” pool of nominees to become the next police chief.
The President said he needed time to review the records of the candidates, adding that he wants an honest person who can lead the police force “correctly.”
“I am not sure na dyan sa tatlo. I should have a wider choice,” the President said about the contenders for police chief during a television interview with ABS-CBN broadcaster Ted Failon
“But ito ang maasahan ng, maasahan mo and to all of the Filipino people: My only consideration, the only standard, the only thing that I would ask for of the, of the next PNP chief is honesty,” he said.
Duterte said he prefers to appoint an honest person even if the individual is not smart or top of his class.
“Maski bobo ka, hindi ka number one sa klase mo noon with PNPA (Philippine National Police Academy) or PMA (Philippine Military Academy), even if you are the goat of the class but if you are the honest guy, I will go for you,” he said.
“I will read the records then I will ask everybody. Kung meron kang konting medyo, there’s a dent in your reputation, you’re done, wala ka na. Out [If you have slight dent, there’s a dent in your reputation, you’re done, you’re out],” he said.
The three nominees to take the place of former PNP Chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde are Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa, the current officer-in-charge and Deputy Chief for Administration; Lt. Gen. Camilo Pancratius Cascolan, Deputy Chief for Operations; and Maj. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, the Chief of the Directorial Staff.
The three police officers have reportedly been recommended by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) and Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año.
Albayalde earlier stepped down from his post ahead of his November 8 retirement amid allegations of involvement in the drug recycling scandal. He has denied the charges.