Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benhur Abalos wants to meet with the 11 senior police officers who are yet to file a courtesy resignation.
There are 956 full colonels and generals in the PNP and based on the latest data, 11 of them declined to submit courtesy resignation, three of them see the submission as already irrelevant since they are already retiring before the Jan. 31 deadline.
Gen. Rodolfo Azurin, Jr., chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said Abalos wants to personally the reasons behind the refusal to heed his call as part of the internal cleansing in the PNP amid the resurgence of allegations of the return of ninja cops, or those recycling confiscated illegal drugs, in the police service.
"I think our Secretary wanted to talk to them to explain and know why they are hesitant, why they are thinking about it and why they are hesitant to submit a courtesy resignation," said Azurin.
He revealed that three of those who have yet to submit are three generals who are scheduled to retire this month.
"Maybe there are thinking if there is still a need for them to submit. I think that is one of the issues they want to discuss with Secretary Abalos," said Azurin.
Those who have already submitted courtesy resignation, including Azurin, will remain in their posts unless their resignation is accepted.
Once the courtesy resignation of any senior officer is accepted by the Committee of Five, he or she will be forced to retire from the service.