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Defensor sees no problem with PNP chief from junior rank

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Anakalusugan Party-list Rep. Mike Defensor said he sees no problem if President Rodrigo Duterte chooses a junior police general to become the next chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“I leave it to the wisdom of the President kung sino ang pipiliin niya diyan at kung ano ang magiging basis even if it would come from the lower classes, I would not oppose the decision of the President,” he said.

Defensor stressed that selecting the country’s next top cop is crucial especially after the previous PNP leadership under Gen. Oscar Albayalde has been dragged in the drug-recycling scandal six years ago.

“Napaka-kritikal nung kampanya ng Pangulo sa anti-illegal drugs kaya kapag ka nagkaroon ng doubt kahit na sabihin na nating hindi totoo o may kaso pa yan and even before yung mga extra judicial killings, eto yung mga bagay na kailangan pangalagaan ng Pangulo,” said Defensor.

Among those shortlisted to succeed Albayalde include Deputy Director General for Administration P/Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, Deputy Director General for Operations P/Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan, and Chief of Directorial Staff P/Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar.

Gamboa and Cascolan were Albayalde’s classmate in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class of 1986 while Eleazar who previously served as chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) prior to his new assignment is one year junior and came from class of 1987.

“If need be na kukunin niya talaga dun sa mga batang mga sundalo o opisyales, then wala tayong magagawa. Nakita naman natin yung nangyari sa sitwasyon sa ngayon,” Defensor added.

Defensor said l that the President “cannot allow any doubt or think the campaign of corruption or malfeasants” under the next PNP leadership.

Meanwhile, Defensor said he has no plans to judge Albayalde, adding that it was best for the court to decide on his case.

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