MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome said on Wednesday he is open to accepting the President’s request to allow a new police officer who will take over his duties.
President Aquino said on Tuesday that he wants Bartolome to assume a "non-duty status" (NDS) as early as the end of November to give way for preparations in securing the May 2013 elections.
The 55-year-old Bartolome is scheduled to retire on March 16, 2013.
“Maraming dapat i-consider diyan, kasi nga may mga intervening events dito. Siguro kung walang eleksyon, hindi ako dapat i-request na mag-non-duty status. Pero dahil may mga preparasyon na kinakailangan…Baka hindi lang kasi ako ang maaapektuhan, baka may mag-NDS din na iba diyan eh,” he said.
Bartolome stressed that he is a “team player” who serves at the pleasure of the President.
“Ako ay team player. I am a member of a team ng ating Pangulo. Whatever is the desire of my Commander-in-Chief ay susunod ako,” he said.
He also recognizes the need to prepare early for the 2013 elections.
“Mahaba-mahaba kasing preparasyon ‘yan, hindi lang ito isang overnight na preparasyon. Malaking event ito at madaming kailangan paghandaan,” he said.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has named PNP directorial staff chief Alan Purisima to head the group tasked to monitor security for the 2013 polls.