Despite sentiments, PNP revamp necessary: Banac

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 23 2019 12:56 PM | Updated as of Oct 23 2019 01:13 PM

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MANILA - The revamp within the Philippine National Police (PNP) may have caused disappointment among some of its personnel but it is necessary to regain the public's trust and confidence in the police force, its spokesperson Police Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said Wednesday.

"We feel that it's necessary and it is the call of the times that we do this so that we'll be able to present to the public that were ready to change, conduct reforms and transform our organization into a unit worthy of the trust and confidence of the people," Banac told ANC's Early Edition.

All key officers in the PNP were put on a 3-month probation on Monday while all promotions will be suspended, PNP officer-in-charge Police Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa said, as the organization fought allegations that some of its members resold confiscated narcotics. 

Banac said Gamboa wants the new set of officers to perform well.

"They have to give justification for their new assignments and really show that they are worthy of such new posts so Gen. Gamboa opted to give them 3 months probationary period. And after that, he would conduct another evaluation and this would also come after the expected retirement of more generals this November, December and January," he said. 

The PNP replaced the heads of its primary investigation arm, doctrine development, anti-drug group, directorate for intelligence, and several provincial and regional units, ABS-CBN sources said over the weekend. 

Banac said Gamboa was given authority by the National Police Commission (Napolcom) to conduct the reshuffle.

Napolcom Vice Chair Rogelio Casurao affirmed this. He said the commission passed a resolution authorizing Gamboa to initiate and exercise functions normally granted the PNP chief.

"There were experiences in the past where the OIC did not have this authority to deploy people, to reassign people to different regional offices and it became a problem on inaction," Casurao said.

When asked if this would also be accorded to other OICs in the future, Casurao said they would take it on a case-to-case basis.

"If there is an urgent need to empower or authorize the OIC, then Napolcom is all time ready to pass the resolution on that," he said.

He added: "The urgency here is the early non-duty status of Gen. (Oscar) Albayalde and there are a lot of things to be done when he chose to go on a non-duty status that must have to be addressed."

If President Rodrigo Duterte names a new head of the PNP by November 8, Banac said the new chief has the power to continue with the new set or officers or conduct another round of revamp, as he deems necessary.