PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima is likely to suffer the same fate as his predecessor, Nicanor Bartolome, who was asked to retire early to accommodate the appointment of a successor.
The ruling Liberal Party (LP) is reportedly considering another member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1981 as Purisima’s replacement at the PNP helm when he retires next year.
According to an LP insider, the party leadership is looking at the possible early retirement of Purisima, so that his would-be successor would be given more time to lead the PNP.
Purisima, who belongs to the same PMA class, took over the PNP top post
in December 2012 upon Bartolome’s decision to retire four months before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.
The incumbent PNP chief has been under fire for several months over issues hounding the police force including the worsening peace and order situation in the country.
The LP reportedly wants Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr., the head of PNP directorial staff, to be Purisima’s successor.
Garbo, who is reportedly “close” to Senate President Franklin Drilon, will be retiring in March 2016 and will only be serving for four months, in case he is chosen to succeed Purisima—that is if Purisima will not be asked to retire early.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd has the last say on who will be Purisima’s replacement and when he will assume office.