By Aaron Recuenco
Malacañang still has no timetable on the extension of the tour of duty of Director General Ronald dela Rosa as chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
“I was told it’s indefinite so I will just wait for the order on how definite is the indefinite,” said dela Rosa.
Dela Rosa is yet to complete the three-month extension ordered by President Duterte yet, the Chief Executive announced early this week that he will allow the Chief PNP to stay a little bit longer.
Dela Rosa, of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1986, is the first Chief PNP of Duterte and was suppose to retire on January 21.
Dela Rosa said he did not ask Duterte as to when he would exit from the police service during their meeting on Wednesday night.
“We discussed some matters but I did not ask him about how long I am going to serve. Knowing him, he does not like those questions,” said Dela Rosa.
What Dela Rosa assured that he would serve Duterte for as long as the Chief Executive wants even if it is not in the capacity as chief PNP.
Based on the law, Dela Rosa could serve up to one-year extension after the scheduled retirement but according to the National Police Commission, he could serve more than the prescribed period in case of national emergencies like the declaration and subsequent extension of martial law in Mindanao.
Dela Rosa believes that one of the reasons why Duterte gave him an extension is due to the problem of corruption in the police organization.
“One of the unfinished businesses is internal cleansing. He knows how serious the problem on police discipline that is why he wants me to focus on it,” said dela Rosa.
“Another is the illegal drugs problem, terrorism and insurgency,” he added.