Former Interior secretary and now administration party standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd reportedly continues to meddle in reassignment and promotion of several officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP), a source in Camp Crame disclosed on Thursday.
The source—a PNP official familiar with movements of police personnel—said Roxas remains influential in Camp Crame (the national headquarters of the PNP) despite having resigned his Cabinet position purportedly to prevent him from using the agency for his political ends.
Republic Act 6975 or the DILG Act of 1990 placed the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and Philippine Public Safety College under the reorganized Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The DILG secretary heads the National Police Commission, which exercises administrative authority over the PNP.
Roxas was designated DILG secretary on September 19, 2012, replacing Jesse Robredo, who perished in a plane crash a month earlier.
He announced his resignation in July after President Benigno Aquino 3rd named him as his preferred successor and official candidate for President of the Liberal Party (LP) in next year’s elections.
His resignation took effect September 14 this year.
Roxas was replaced by former Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento.
The source claimed that the LP presidential candidate was “undermining” Sarmiento’s authority as DILG chief.
“Even the chief of the Philippine National Police, Director General Ricardo Marquez, cannot do anything about it… the former Interior secretary still meddles in the appointment of some police officials in the PNP,” the source alleged.
The source said Roxas has his own eyes and ears monitoring the movements in the PNP.
“He [Roxas] has [his]own man to monitor the situation and report to him the situation in the PNP and, more often than not, he blocks the appointment and promotion of PNP officials,” the source claimed.
The source alleged that Roxas blocked the appointment and promotion of police officials he dislikes and those whom he thinks are not with him.
Officials who are members of Class 1983 of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) are among those heavily affected by the situation.
The source said Roxas grants favors to members of PMA “Maharlika” Class 1984 of which he is an adopted member.
“Some members of PMA Class of 1984 were given promotions and even assigned to sensitive positions in the PNP,” the source added.
Among members of PMA Class of 19 84 who were given choice assignments during Roxas’ stint were Director Generoso Cerbo and Director Joel Pagdilao.
Cerbo, a former spokesman for the PNP, has been assigned as head of the PNP Directorate for Intelligence (DI) while Pagdilao was designated as the chief of the National Capital Region (Metro Manila) Police Office (NCRPO).
Marikina City (Metro Manila) Rep. Romero Quimbo and Akbayan party-list Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez–campaign spokesmen for the Liberal Party– denied the claims.
“There is no truth to that. Secretary Sarmiento is one of the most independent and strong executives we have in government. His stint as an outstanding Mayor of Calbayog City [Samar] can attest to this. This accusation against Mar is just but part of the continuing smear campaign against him and an attempt to make the elections personality-based, not performance- and integrity-based,” Quimbo said.
With LLANESCA T. PANTI