By Genalyn Kabiling
Several days after the retirement of former police chief Oscar Albayalde, President Duterte is not in a hurry to appoint a new Philippine National Police (PNP) chief.
The President said he was taking his time to select the new police chief even after receiving a list of contenders for the top post.
The list included Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan, Deputy Chief for Operations, and Maj. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, the Chief of the Directorial Staff, according to the President.
“Wala pa [None yet],” Duterte said during a press conference when asked if he has appointed a new PNP chief.
“I was given a list. I think there’s Cascolan, Eleazar and another one. They’re all good. They’re soldiers. They came from the academy. I have no doubt about their integrity but I am taking my time appointing one,” he said.
Asked why he was taking time to appoint a new police chief, Dutete said: “Because he would be appointing the heads of every department there especially the comptroller and the finance people.”
“Sino ‘yung gusto niyang mapunta doon, sino ‘yung kaibigan niya. Ako kasi ‘pag binigyan kita ng puwesto, hindi na ako nakikialam,” he added.
The Palace earlier said the President was looking for an honest man to lead the police force following the recent ninja cop controversy.
Albayalde quit his post ahead of his November 8 retirement amid allegations of involvement in the drug recycling scandal. He has denied the charges.