President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday waded into a quarrel between the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) and urged them to end their feuds.
”I am not happy about the squabble that has been going on here,” Aquino told reporters in an interview on the sidelines of the PNPA graduation in Silang, Cavite.
”They [officials]should help each other and find solutions to these problems,” he said.
The President told the officials to stop bickering and instead focus on their tasks.
Aquino, who earlier ordered an investigation into alleged irregularities in these schools, said he expects the result of the probe within the week.
”Just a reminder to all those who are involved here, you have only one mission: To take care of the cadets, to shape them right,” he said. You should lead by example.”
The PNPA is one of the training schools under the PPSC.
Earlier, PPSC President Ruben Platon protested his non-inclusion in Monday’s commencement exercises for the 202 cadets of the PNPA.
Platon suspects that he was eased out of the event because of his feud with PNPA director and Chief Supt. Noel Constantino.
He denounced the plan to allow Constantino to confer the graduates their Bachelor of Science in Public Safety degrees.
The rift between Platon and Constantino started when the PNPA director ordered the dismantling of at least 20 stalls in the school grounds last November.
The Manila Times learned that over the weekend, invitations sent by the PNPA omitted Platon’s name even if the latter is in charge of the academy’s operations.
The apparent slight prompted Platon to issue a memorandum reminding the PNPA director and his officials that disregarding the authority of the PPSC head violates the laws and prejudices members of the Mandilaab class, or the 2014 batch of graduates.
PPSC insiders said the rift between Platon and Constantino worsened after reports linked the PNPA director’s wife Annalou to Janet Lim-Napoles.
Mrs. Constantino was reported to have been a board member of a security agency owned by Napoles. Platon had asked Constantino to confirm the report.
Napoles is allegedly the brains behind a multibillion scam involving so-called pork barrels of a number of lawmakers.
She is in police custody for illegally detaining whistleblower Benhur Luy, who claimed that Napoles masterminded the funneling of the legislators’ Priority Development Assistance Funds to her bogus non-government organizations.