MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte is backing a revamp of the Philippine National Police ahead of the appointment of a new national police chief, his spokesman said Monday.
Duterte's spokesman Salvador Panelo said the President "agreed" with the revamp within the PNP, which is facing allegations that some police officers are reselling narcotics seized in anti-drug operations.
"He (Duterte) agreed with the revamp. That’s good for the PNP, any revamp will always be good for an organization after a while because mahirap 'yung nagkakaroon na kayo ng ugat doon sa mga posisyon ninyo," Panelo said.
(It's difficult if some grow roots in their positions.)
Panelo however did not elaborate Duterte's reasons for welcoming a PNP revamp.
The changes came after President Duterte scolded PNP commanders over allegations of drug recycling, and after Police Gen. Oscar Albayalde stepped down as head of the police force.
PNP officer-in-charge Lt. Gen, Archie Gamboa earlier said that Duterte's reprimand was a "challenge" on his part.
"It's a challenge on my leadership, kahit na OIC ako, that I should do something about the impression of the President," he said last week.
Albayalde has been included in the complaint filed against Pampanga "ninja cops," or policemen who resell illegal drugs, before the Department of Justice.
"From the very start, we said if they feel they have a case against anyone, they can file it and let the law take its course," Panelo said on the complaint against Albayalde.