The Philippine National Police (PNP) has barred its officers from answering voting polls and surveys on social media which aim to "solicit" public opinion regarding the next chief of the police force.
A voting poll has circulated in social media which aims to "solicit public opinion or support on who among the PNP star-ranking officials is best inclined to lead the PNP," according to an Oct. 30 memorandum from the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management.
Policemen were discouraged from participating in such surveys to maintain impartiality.
"All PNP personnel are encouraged not to partake on the above survey to maintain impartiality and demonstrate discipline in all phases of our social affiliation," read the memorandum, signed by Brig. Gen. Rodolfo Azurin, deputy director of the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management.
Three names were floated as the possible next PNP leader — 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.
Gen. Oscar Albayalde stepped down as PNP chief on Oct. 14 amid accusations that he protected his men accused of selling seized narcotics in a 2013 operation in Pampanga.
Albayalde was supposed to retire on Nov. 8 when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier cited honesty as his "only standard" for choosing the next national police chief.
-- With a report from Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News