Verzosa vows to file courtesy resignation to next president

May 11, 2010 8:01 pm 

MANILA, May 11 – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Jesus Verzosa on Tuesday vowed to file his courtesy resignation when the elected president takes office on June 30.

”My plan is to file my courtesy resignation after the new president takes his oath of office,” he said in a press briefing in Camp Crame.

But for now, Verzosa said the 120,000-strong PNP will be focused on the next mission of ensuring smooth transition of government.

”The people has spoken. The voice of the people was heard across the land in a peaceful and orderly exercise of the fundamental right to shape our nation’s future by electing leaders of our choice to public office,” said Verzosa.

After the peaceful conduct of Monday’s first ever automated polls, it is now time to move on for the smooth transition of power, he said.

”Let yesterday’s successful electoral exercise inspire and motivate us to expand our unity and work to help usher our nation to a fresh start and new beginning under a new set of leaders,” said Verzosa.

For his part, PNP-Deputy Chief for Operations Deputy Director General Edgardo Acuna said the PNP has already laid out plans for the smooth transition.

”Our preparations started very early…we are ready to secure those who have won, those who will be proclaimed including national candidates, we are ready to provide security for the transfer of power from the (incumbent) authorities to the new leaders,” said Acuna.

Incidentally, Acuna is among the contenders to the top PNP post if Verzosa’s courtesy resignation would be accepted by the next president.

Verzosa said both the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) leaderships are relieved over the successful holding of Monday’s presidential elections, which is considered as the most peaceful polls compared to two previous elections in 2004 and 2007.

He said he was with AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Delfin Bangit on Monday and both agreed that “it’s a sigh of relief for all of us.”

”I saw Del (Bangit’s nickname) yesterday and we had a good smile because we passed the most critical day of this exercise,” said Verzosa. (PNA) LAP/MM

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