TALKS that Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina has allegedly resigned as officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) spread like wildfire on Thursday.
Ironically, the news about the resignation came days after Espina was promoted as the PNP deputy chief for administration, the second-highest position in the police organization.
Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., PNP spokesman, said the force has no official record of Espina’s supposed resignation, adding that if the report was true, he would be the first to know.
Resignations, he pointed out, pass through channels.
Cerbo said Espina will continue with his duties as OIC.
The Manila Times texted Espina to comment on the issue but he did not respond.
Three online news organizations quoting their respective sources claimed that Espina tendered his resignation last month but it was not acted upon by President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd, who has supervision over the PNP, said he is unaware of the reported resignation.
During a congressional hearing on the Mamasapano incident last week, Pangasinan Rep. Kimi Cojuangco asked Espina if he considered resigning for being kept out of the loop on the anti-terrorist operation.
Espina replied that he did.
The OIC of the police force for more than a month, he was deputy chief for operations when Aquino appointed him to the post after the suspension of now-resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima over graft charges.
Purisima resigned at the height of the Mamasapano controversy.