THE camp of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd is allegedly dipping its fingers into the appointment of officials to coveted posts in the Philippine National Police (PNP), an informed source disclosed on Thursday.
The source, a police official based in Camp Crame, the PNP’s main headquarters located in Quezon City, said the Roxas camp “is directly meddling in the appointment of police officials to juicy positions in the PNP… and had favored those police officials [who]are known to be in the [inner]circle of the Interior secretary.”
Roxas was “anointed” last July by President Benigno Aquino 3rd as the administration standard-bearer in the 2016 elections.
The source, who is privy to the appointment of police officials in Camp Crame, said the Roxas camp is dictating on the PNP Senior Officers and Promotions and Placement Board (SOPPB) on who among the police officials “should be given assignments or be appointed to [the]juicy posts.”
He added that the Roxas camp favors some members of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1984 for the coveted assignments in the 150, 000-strong police force.
The informed source cited the assignment of Chief Supt. Rudy Lacadin as director of the Central Luzon Police Office a few weeks ago and Chief Supt. Joel Pagdilao, who was named recently as the new director of the National Capital Regional Police Office.
He noted that Lacadin and Pagdilao are members of PMA Class of 1984, which had adopted the Interior secretary as an honorary member.
The source said even governors and congressmen who are members of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) are reportedly backing their respective candidates to be assigned as regional police commanders.
“Elections [are]definitely in the air in the PNP in terms [of]possible assignments of police officials who are now looking for their respective political backers to be appointed to their dream positions in the [force],” he added.
“LP candidates are choosing their own police officials to be assigned [to]… where they are also running in next year’s elections either as governors or congressmen and those police officials without political patrons are left behind,” the source said.
He added that some of the police officials who have been given provincial postings are members of PMA Class of 1992 and Philippine National Police Academy Class of 1992 who are said to be Roxas boys.
Another source also in Camp Crame said the appointment of LP-backed police officials has direct link to next year’s polls.
“I am definitely sure that they will just harass non-LP candidates,” he added.
The source said Roxas will be using his post as Interior secretary to raise his ratings in surveys on presidential candidates in the 2016 elections.
The Interior secretary has been faring poorly in the surveys and was even outnumbered by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
The source said Roxas’ resignation as Interior chief was a ruse.
“He [Roxas] only tendered a letter of resignation [when]what he should have done [was to]tender an irrevocable resignation letter. He should keep [out]or spare the PNP from partisan politics,” he added.