The resigned Philippine National Police chief, Director General Alan Purisima, has started to move out from his quarters called “ White House” inside Camp Crame, the PNP spokesman said on Friday.
Purisima’s poster at the briefing area of the PNP Press Corps Office in the country’s main police camp has been removed.
The PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., told reporters during a news briefing in Camp Crame that the “White House” is reserved for the head of the national police.
“I have coordinated with the Headquarters Support Service [HSS] and they informed me that he [Purisima] had started to move out from the ‘White House’ last Sunday,” Cerbo said.
As a show of respect to the country’s resigned top policeman, the PNP spokesman added, Purisima will be given at least one month to prepare and pack his things before vacating the “White House” that was reportedly ordered renovated by Purisima at a cost of P25 million.
Purisima had defended the renovation and claimed that expenses were shouldered by some of his friends.
A cause-oriented group, however, did not bite his statement and filed charges against the then-PNP chief before the Office of the Ombudsman.
Cerbo did not say who Purisima’s replacement would be but that any senior police official is qualified for the post to lead the 150,000-strong police force.
According to him, the PNP Senior Officers Promotions and Placement Board will review qualifications of possible candidates for the No. 1 police post and recommend to the President its choices for the new PNP chief.
The PNP spokesman said the PNP needs a leader who would serve as an inspiration and motivate the ranks to perform their duties and responsibilities as true public servants.
Sources in Camp Crame said among senior police officials who are believed to be being groomed as the next PNP chief are Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo and Directors Ricardo Marquez and Benjamin Magalong.
Grabo is a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1981 and currently the chief of Directorial Staff, the No. 4 position in the police hierarchy.
Marquez, who currently heads the PNP Directorate for Operations and Magalong, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, are both members of PMA Class of 1982.
Magalong also heads the PNP Board of Inquiry (BOI) that is investigating the Mamasapano clash in Maguindanao on January25 that left dead 44 police commandos and international terrorist Zulkipli bin Hir alias Marwan.
A Camp Crame source said the PNP officer-in-charge, Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina (PMA Class of 1981), is also qualified for the PNP post but added that Espina may be out of the picture since he is due to retire from the police service this coming June.
“He [Espina] is retiring already… but the President can still appoint and extend his service in the police force,”according to the source.
The source cited the case of Edgardo Aglipay, who was appointed as PNP chief two weeks before his actual retirement from the service in 2004 and was given a six-month term extension by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.