Duterte: Honesty is 'only standard' in choosing next PNP chief

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 29 2019 04:55 PM | Updated as of Oct 29 2019 05:03 PM

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MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday cited honesty as his "only standard" for choosing the next national police chief, adding he should be given a "wider" pool of choices.

Duterte said he was taking time in choosing the successor to the former Philippine National Police Chief, General Oscar Albayalde, as he would rather go for an honest officer rather than a well-decorated one.

"I should have a wider choice, but ito ang maasahan ng, maasahan mo and to all of the Filipino people. My only consideration, the only standard, the only thing that I would ask for of the, of the next PNP chief is honesty," he told ABS-CBN News in an exclusive interview on Monday.

"Maski bobo ka, hindi ka number one sa klase mo noon with PNPA or PMA, even if you are the goat of the class but if you are the honest guy, I will go for it," Duterte said.

(Even if you are stupid or you're not the top of your class, but if you are the honest guy, I will go for it.)

Three names were floated as the next PNP chief: Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan, and Major Gen. Guillermo Eleazar.

Gamboa is currently the PNP's officer-in-charge while Cascolan is the deputy chief for operations. Eleazar heads the directorial staff of the PNP.

"Kung meron kang konting medyo, there's a dent in your reputation, you're done, wala pala. Out," Duterte said.

(If you have even a slight dent in your reputation, you're out.)

Duterte has yet to pick the next PNP chief after Albayalde stepped down earlier this month following allegations he protected his men who were accused of selling seized illegal drugs.