MANILA - Several regional directors of the Philippine National Police (PNP) may soon face the ax if they are found to be performing below expectations in the government's so-called war against drugs.
PNP chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa said his deputy chief for operations, Director Benjamin Magalong, is heading an oversight committee to determine the performance of the regional police heads.
"(The committee) will give me the proper recommendation (on) who stays and who goes," Dela Rosa told ANC's "Beyond Politics" on Tuesday.
Dela Rosa added that Magalong will submit his final recommendations by the third week of October.
"Definitely (may mapapalitan), depende sa recommendation ng ating oversight committee, papalitan natin. Otherwise, hindi tayo mananalo sa giyerang ito pag they are not measuring up to our expectations. Mataas masyado ang expectation ng taumbayan," he said.
(Definitely, there will be changes. Depending on the recommendation of the oversight committee, we will remove certain officials. Otherwise, we will not win this war if they perform below expectations. The public has high expectations.)
A major revamp of the police force marked the start of Dela Rosa's term, with several police officers designated to new positions and dozens of police personnel relieved.
"Marami nang natatanggal at the provincial level, at the city level, at the municipal level, talagang inaksyunan ng mga regional director nila. Pinagtatanggal yung nangingitlog, yung walang ginagawa, o kaya ‘yung mahina ang performance," Dela Rosa said.
(Many have been removed in the provincial, city and municipal levels. The regional directors removed those who were performing below expectations.)
"Pero sa mga regional director, in fairness wala pa akong na-relieve," he added.
(To be fair, I have not relieved any regional director yet.)