By Genalyn Kabiling
A police official who can promise to kill drug lords may have a shot to become the next chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), President Duterte bard on Monday.
The President said he wanted a “better deal” from the contenders for the next police chief amid his continuing search.
“I mean they’re all good, but I want a better deal. It’s not enough that you recommend to me,” he said during an interview over GMA morning show “Unang Hirit” about the police officials recommended for the PNP top post.
“Kung sabihin ko, sir, pag ako ang pinili mo, patay lahat ang drug lords, patay lahat ang.. Okay, ikaw. If you cannot give me that guarantee, ay huwag na [If I say, ‘If you choose me, I will kill all drug lords, I will them all.’ Okay, it’s you. If you cannot give me that guarantee, no way],” he added.
The President admitted that he has not yet chosen the next police chief, saying he was having difficulty in the search.
“Wala pa [None yet],” he said.
“Hirap ako sa pulis, mahal ko yung mga pulis ko pero hirap ako sa mga opisyal [I’m having difficulty with the police. I love my policemen but I have a hard time with the officials],” he said.
Last week, President Duterte raised the possibility of taking over the helm of PNP if he cannot find an honest police chief.
He said he would not appoint anyone who has a single case of corruption. “I would rather not appoint anybody for that matter. Ako na maghawak [I will instead handle it],” Duterte said in an interview with reporters in Malacañang.
“Ako na hahawak ‘nun [I will handle it]. I will be the one directing the…Guidance and direction lang naman ako [I will give guidance and direction],” he added.
Asked how he will decide on whether or not he will lead the police force, Duterte said: “If you’re talking of arrival,that could be a long journey. Matagal pa siguro ‘yan [that will take a while] but that is in the event I could not find somebody I can trust.”
Former police chief Oscar Albayalde quit his post ahead of his November 8 retirement amid allegations of involvement in the drug recycling scandal. He denied the allegations.
Among the nominees reportedly recommended to take the place of Albayalde are Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa, the current officer-in-charge and Deputy Chief for Administration; Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan, Deputy Chief for Operations; and Maj. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, the Chief of the Directorial Staff.
The three police officers have reportedly been recommended by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) and Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año.