The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it will not dispute the decision of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada to relieve several officers and station commanders of the Manila Police District (MPD).
PNP Pubic Information chief, Senior Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac said the chief executive of a local government can remove any police officer in his jurisdiction.
“It’s the mayor that has the say on it (relief of local officers), it’s their call and that’s in the PNP Law,” Sindac said.
A memorandum from the National Police Commission (Napolcom) issued in 2007 gives local chief executives authority to reshuffle the police force.
Since assuming office last June 30, Estrada, a former president, has already ordered the relief of three Manila police officers for their apparent failure to solve the traffic gridlock and the proliferation of illegal vendors in the city.
Last Monday he relieved Supt. Alexander Navarette as commander of Station 11 because illegal vendors are still a big problem in his area.
Before that, the new mayor yanked out Supt. Rey Nava as head of the MPD Traffic section and Supt. Ernesto Tendero Jr., as commander of MPD station in Moriones.