Purisima to take over as PNP chief on Dec. 18 –-Roxas

December 13, 2012 11:23 pm 

By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan

MANILA, Dec. 13 — Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II announced on Thursday that Deputy Director General Alan Purisima will be the 18th chief of the Philippine National Police as he is taking over the post of Director General Nicanor Bartolome next week.

“I’m happy to announce that there will be a formal turnover of leadership in the PNP next week, December 18, Tuesday," Roxas said in a press conference at the PNP headquarters in Quezon City.

"We are very pleased at this smooth turnover of responsibilities in the PNP as it ends 2012 and looks forward to 2013," facing many challenges, most importantly in ensuring peaceful and orderly elections in May, Roxas said.

The DILG chief thanked Bartolome for the leadership distinction with honor and legacy that he will leave behind under his administration, including the policy capability with respect, discipline, transformative crosses of moving the PNP increasingly into an organization and sensitive policing and also for statesmanship.

“We also thank General Bartolome for his statesmanship. As you all know, his term ends in March of next year, but knowing that March is in the middle of the election period, he voluntarily agreed to step down early so that this transition can happen with the five or six months between the new PNP chief taking on the actual job as the elections is coming,” Roxas said, adding that the PNP is an election partner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

For his part, Bartolome said that he is happy for the turnover of the responsibility as chief of the PNP to Purisima, whom he described as well-rounded and very much prepared senior officer.

“I am indeed happy to formally turn over the responsibility as chief of the PNP to a very well-rounded and very much prepared senior officer in the person of Director General Alan Purisima. I will not go on non-duty status, instead I will have an early retirement because I would rather that the new chief of the PNP will be able to get immediately the four-star rank because it is just fitting to the chief of the PNP will have that full authority,” Bartolome said.

The DILG secretary also expressed confidence in Purisima's ability to lead the 148,000-strong PNP with his "strong foundation" in police service.

“He has received international training from the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), from Maryland, in crisis management and critical incident courses and was the chief of the Directorial Staff and in that capacity was effectively the Chief Operating Officer of the PNP has performed competently and professionally and I’m very pleased and recommended him to the President,” Roxas said of Purisima.

Meanwhile, as a newly appointed PNP chief, Purisima said that this is the new challenge for him to instill discipline in the police and to educate them, as well as continue the programs started by Bartolome, particularly the Patrol Plan 2013.

“Actually, this is a new challenge for me and I would like to tell the PNP that we will continue the programs started by our PNP chief, particularly the PNP patrol plan 2030 which will be used to better serve the community and protection of community with the PNP’s,” he said.

He added that the motto under his leadership will be "Serbisyong Makatotohanan" or truthful service which means that each policeman will serve every member of the community with his full strength and vigor.

Purisima is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1981. He once served as aide of the late President Corazon C. Aquino, mother of the present President.

As a member of the Presidential Security Group then, Purisima was assigned specifically to guard the young Aquino who would later become president, too.

Purisima also served as the director of the National Capital Region Police Office. (PNA)

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