Coloma: Versoza's early retirement nothing to do with hostage crisis

September 6, 2010 11:33 am 

MANILA, Sept 5 —- A senior Malacanang official said on Sunday that the early retirement of Philippine National Police (PNP) director-general Jesus Versoza to seek early retirement this month has nothing to do with the August 23 hostage crisis at Qurino Grandstand.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma said over government-run radio station Radyo ng Bayan on Sunday that the decision of PNP chief Versoza to take early retirement this month is not related to the August 23 hostage crisis but is a decision to give chance to other classes of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

Versoza belongs to PMA Class of 1976. He told the Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC) chaired by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Friday that he will retire on September 15. Versoza’s retirement is due on December 25 this year.

”It had nothing to do with that hostage drama. This is to give chance to the other classes of the PMA and other police officials to serve,” Coloma pointed out.

According to Coloma, President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III has accepted Versoza’s suggestion and the President is set to announce the next PNP chief.

”So it is very clear that this had been long agreed upon even before the hostage crisis happened,” Coloma clarified.

Verzosa was appointed the chief of the Philippine National Police by former president and now Pampanga 2nd district Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. But the general, who had a falling out with Ms. Arroyo later on, was retained by President Aquino when he assumed the presidency on June 30.

Among the most probable candidates for Versoza’s successors were Deputy Director General Raul Bacalzo who is now the deputy director for operations of the PMA Class 1977 and Deputy Director General Perfecto Palad, the current deputy chief for administration.

The outgoing PNP chief has already submitted contenders to succeed his post to President Aquino.(PNA)

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