Iglesia, ruling party contest top PNP post

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THE race for the top post at the Philippine National Police (PNP) has become a tight contest between a powerful religious organization and the administration’s Liberal Party (LP), informed sources in Camp Crame disclosed on Thursday.

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It turned out to be closely fought after the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) issued a dismissal order against the resigned PNP chief, Director General Alan Purisima, and his heir apparent, former Central Luzon police director and Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta.

An informed police official in Camp Crame–the national police headquarters in Quezon City–said the LP and the powerful Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) are backing their respective candidates for PNP chief, whose seat has been vacant since December last year.

The source said “a powerful official from Malacanang” is pushing for the operations chief of the PNP, Director Ricardo Marquez, a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1982, as the next possible head of the 150, 000-strong police organization.

According to him, the Liberal Party , which is led by President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd, are pushing for the candidacy of Deputy Director General Danilo Constantino.

The source said Malacanang is now in a bind on who to choose between Marquez and Constantino as the Aquino administration needs the INC votes in next year’s elections for President and other top national officials.

”I think both of them [Marquez and Constantino] are expected to accomplish what the Palace wishes in the [2016 elections],” the source said.

He added that Chief Supt. Isagani Nerez (PMA Class of 1984) is said to figure prominently in the battle for the No. 1 PNP job, which is being held by Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina as officer-in-charge.

Currently regional director for the Cordillera Police Office, Nerez reportedly enjoys the support of the Masons, who count former PNP chiefs as among their members.

“Nerez is the darkhorse here… the Masons are strongly lobbying for his name to become the next chief of the PNP,” the source said.

Espina, a member of PMA Class of 1981, is said to be out of the race as this month he will turn 56, the mandatory retirement age for police personnel and those in the government service.

He has ruled out running in next year’s elections, saying he just wants to go home after his retirement from the police service on July 19.

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  1. nyaranondatiles on

    Nakakahiya sa ibang 3 star General..dapat un ang naupo..matindi tlaga pag may nabulag ang INC na sasabihin na 8Million sila..pero natalo naman si DAnding congjuanco nuon at si Roxas sa pagka Vice President last time..nuong time na un nagpasimula nang mag ingat ang mga INC sa pagpili kc napahiya sila nuon at nahalang kokonte na lng sila..mga 2M?hindi 8M..kaya nagpapasurvey ang mga yan ng abstract at kung sino ang malakas makikisakay na lang sila..para masabing naipanalo nila..tsk! tsk! dahil dito..maraming takot sa kanilang pulitiko..na akala na maipapanalo sila..ang mga pulitikong sumasakay sa kapritso nyan ay mahahawakan nila sa leeg..at ang gusto nilang mga iuposa gobyerno ang makakapanaig..wycoco-nasangkot sa kaso, INC member, NBI director, ung sumunod nasangkot sa kidnapping..Virginia Torres INC member, nahuling nagsusugal, nagiging protection sa mga business nila, sa BOC mga tao nila mga nanghaharas duon..at pag ito ang naghariharian sa bayan..lahat ng mga kabalbalan sa gobyerno ay pwedeng mangyari..panahon na para malaman ng mga taong bayan ang mga nangyayaring ito sa religion at gobyerno..mag isip isip tayo..sa susunod na election..,ang mga dala nitong religiong ito..lalong ikalulubog ng bansang Pilipinas!

  2. Sana se Gen. Nerez na po ang choice ng ating Presidente Aquino na maging su2nod na PNP Chief kasi po subok na sa mga trabaho ng kapulisan, ipinagta2nggol nya ang mga tauhan nya na gumagawa ng mabuti laban sa mga gumagawa ng masama at capable o kaya nyang tugonan ang banta ng kasamaan maging sa pulitika at ang mga ma3yan sa komunidad para maging mapayapa ang eleksyon sa darating na halalan sa bansa.