By Aaron Recuenco
Director General Ronald dela Rosa has put an end to the rumors that he would go on an early retirement to give way to another police official who is also close to President Duterte to become the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
“I cannot just give up my position. I would be doing a great disservice to the country if I just leave just to give way to him,” dela Rosa told reporters in an interview.
Dela Rosa was referring to Deputy Director General Ramon Apolinario, the number two man of the PNP being the deputy chief for Administration. Apolinario was among the three top choices of Duterte as chief of PNP last year.
Dela Rosa’s statement came amid rumors that had been circulating for several weeks now that he would retire early to give way to Apolinario.
Dela Rosa is set to retire in January next year while Apolinario will reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 in August next year.
“Honestly, I want him to be happy. He is also deserving to become the top honcho of the PNP,” said dela Rosa.
“But I have to wait for any instruction from Malacañang if they say I have to go to give way, but if there is no advice, it would be difficult to do it,” said dela Rosa.
Dela Rosa, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1986 is described as strong on operational aspect of policing while Apolinario, a PMA Class 1985 member, is strong on the management aspect of the police.
Apolinario is said to be instrumental in getting the support of the entire PMA Class 1985 members in the PNP to rally behind dela Rosa whose appointment was questioned by some sectors on the issue of seniority.
The last PNP chief appointed before dela Rosa was a member of PMA Class 1982.
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