PNP appointments in limbo for 2016 polls
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PNP appointments in limbo for 2016 polls

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Is the ruling Liberal Party (LP) doing a “Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo” to once again secure the presidential seat in the 2016 elections?
It seems like it, says columnist Jarius Bondoc, as he pointed out the glaring number of top police officials who are merely holding their posts in an acting capacity.
“What has it got to do with the 2016 elections? If this goes on till the mid-2015, the National Police Commission, the PNP promotions-assignments board, and local government officials would have no more time to vet properly the most suitable officers,” Bondoc writes.
“Gloria Macapagal Arroyo showed in 2004 how crucial last-minute appointees of police and military general are in routing the opposition,” he points out.
President Benigno Aquino III and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, the likely LP presidential candidate, will be able to “sneak in” their handpicked police officials and local officials “would have to choice but  to accept the last-minute insertions.”
According to Bondoc, “generals who request anonymity have begun to talk about it to a relative of President Noynoy Aquino.”
He says 74 key positions in the Philippine National Police are held by officers-in-charge, including no less than the OIC PNP chief Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina.
Espina took over the PNP after then police chief Director General Alan Purisima was ordered suspended by the Ombudsman. Purisima has since resigned from his post amid his alleged involvment in the disastrous Mamasapano operation.
“The present OICs may be the most suitable for their posts. Yet they have very limited powers. They may not hire rookies or fire bad eggs, or move personnel around. They may not initiate or innovate new projects because tied to the 2015 budget, and have no elbowroom for contingencies and emergencies,” Bondoc says.

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