Chiz: No favoritism on PNP chief appointment
March 21, 2016 at 9:27 am
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
LINGAYEN – A vice presidential aspirant said his presidential team mate Senator Grace Poe andem would not play favorite on the appointment of the chief of the Philippine National Police in case they win the election in May 9.
MOBBED. Vice Presidential aspirant Francis “Chiz” Escudero is mobbed by shrieking students of the Pangasinan State University in Lingayen (left) and public market vendors in Mangaldan (right) during campaign sorties last week. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero said the government of Grace Poe would not emulate President Benigno Aquino III who telegraphed already during the campaign for the presidency in 2010 his moist eye to then Chief Superintendent Alan Purisima as his new chief of the PNP.
“Wala kaming gino-groom. Kung sino ang capable. Walang personality. Di kagaya ni Noynoy si Alan Purisima na sigurado (We don’t groom anybody. We look who is capable. We don’t focus on personality unlike President Aquino who had Alan Purisima in the pipeline already),” he stressed.
Escudero denied the report of this paper that in case his Gobyernong may Puso candidates win the palace, his adopted classmate at PMA Class of 1987 will be the next police national chief.
Escudero is also an adopted member of the Philippine National Police Academy’s Class of 2000 while Poe is an adopted member of PMA Class of 1991.
“He is too young,” Escudero quipped when told that a PMA brass said that being an adopted member of PMA Class 1987 would not be a hindrance for the PNP’s top hierarchy because the appointee can be promoted from Senior Superintendent (equivalent of a full colonel in the military) to Chief Superintendent (one star general in military) after the Poe-Escudero Administration ascends into power on June 30.
“We have to follow the rule, PMA 1984 is the ruling class followed by PMA classes of 1985, 1986,” he said.
Another PMA bigwig told this paper that in case Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte wins, it would be one – star General or Chief Supt. Ronald dela Rosa – a member of PMA Class 1986.
Presently, there are few members of this batch who are already a star-ranked generals.
Dela Rosa, whose moniker is “bato (stone)”, was former Davao City’s police director.
He is now assigned at the Directorate for Human Resources and Doctrine Development in the national headquarters, according to a police colonel who is a member of PMA Class 1992.
In case administration candidate former Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas wins, he would be catapulting Generoso Cerbo, Jr.to the highest police perch.
“He is PMA Class 1984 and an Ilonggo from Roxas’ province Capiz,” a member of PMA Class 1986 said.
In case Vice President Jejomar Binay wins the presidency he would be picking Senior Superintendent Gilbert Cruz,” two PMA alumni who are members of Classes 1985 and 1986 told this paper.
“He is not a PMAyer but an alumnus of the Philippine National Police Academy. He used to be the chief of police of Binay in Makati when the latter was the mayor,” one of the sources told me.
Cruz is now assigned as the Deputy Director of the Police Community Relation Group.
Incumbent chief of the PNP Director General Ricardo Marquez will be retiring from office in August this year.
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