MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said it sees no problem with a change in the Philippine National Police leadership only months before the 2013 elections.
Asked about the looming early retirement of PNP Director General Nicanor Bartolome, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the PNP is so organized that it won’t matter who takes over.
He added the Comelec will be able to work with Bartolome's successor.
“Ang palitan sa pulis just like palitan in any other government agency…Regardless of who takes over, wala kaming problema,” he said in a press briefing.
Brillantes dismissed fears fraud could also taint the results of next year’s polls.
He said automated elections, in place since 2010, has virtually made cheating impossible.
He admitted: “Our only problem now which can't be controlled by machines is vote buying or intimidation. That's where we have to coordinate with police and military.”
ANC Dateline Philippines, November 19, 2012