Several senior police officers are reportedly planning to resign from their posts once President Benigno Aquino III appoints the protégé of resigned Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima as his permanent replacement.
A source told the Philippine Star that talk was rife during the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) homecoming over the weekend that Purisima has recommended the appointment of his protégé, Deputy Chief for Logistics police Director Juanito Vaño as new PNP chief.
Purisima reportedly wanted Vaño to head the PNP to ensure his interests will be protected amid the controversies and cases he is facing.
Several police officials, however, have aired their reservations about Purisima’s plan. The PNP is currently headed in an interim capacity by officer in charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina.
“If that is the case [that Vaño us appointed] and out of respect to the President, then we have to resign en masse,” a senior police officer said.
Purisima drew flak for supervising the covert anti-terror raid of the PNP Special Action Force last month despite being suspended at the Ombudsman at that time.
The operation ended in the death of 44 SAF troopers after they encountered Moro rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao while carrying out the police operation.