'Mahirap eh': Search for next PNP chief difficult, says Duterte

ABS-CBN News

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

MANILA—Finding an "appropriate guy" to lead the corruption-tainted Philippine National Police (PNP) has proved difficult for President Rodrigo Duterte.

“It's kind of a... Hindi naman messy but... It's very hard to at this time to choose a candidate na... who would really... the appropriate guy. Mahirap eh,” the President told reporters in Malacañang.

Honesty, he said, is a quality he is looking for the next PNP chief who will replace Police Gen. Oscar Albayalde.

Albayalde relinquished his post on Oct. 14 amid allegations he protected some police officers accused of selling seized narcotics.

During the interview, Duterte refused to comment on the case of Albayalde who is set to retire on Nov. 8.

The President earlier said he would instead let the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Justice (DOJ) decide on Albayalde's case as well as those of his men who have been tagged as "ninja cops."

A Senate panel on Oct. 18 recommended the filing of drug and graft charges against Albayalde and 13 of his men. 

Albayalde had denied the allegations, saying the case was being politicized.

—With a report from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News