By Ernie Reyes | InterAksyon
MANILA – Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., on Tuesday asked newly-appointed PNP chief Director Ricardo Marquez to finally bring clarity to the command structure of the police organization, as he welcomed his designation.
At the same time, Senator Grace Poe also welcomed the appointment of Marques, which she said could give meaningful direction and leadership to the organization.
In a statement, Marcos said, "since the suspension of then PNP Chief Alan Purisima, I have been urging Malacañang to immediately appoint a permanent successor because a mere Officer-In-Charge lacks complete authority to initiate permanent policies that are crucial to the operation of the Philippine National Police."
"The appointment of a permanent PNP Chief would finally bring clarity to the command structure of our police organization," Marcos said.
"I personally know Director Marquez because he once served as Regional Director for Region 1. I am confident that he has the ability and experience to lead the PNP, and that he will discharge his duty to the best of his ability," Marcos added.
Meanwhile, Senator Poe said that although she does not know Marquez personally, she is glad that, at last, a permanent chief has been appointed. "This will impart the needed direction setting and leadership to the police establishment. All our prayers and support will surely help him to succeed."
Earlier, Secretary of Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas announced the appointment of Marquez during a press briefing at PNP General Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
Marquez, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1982, is currently the chief of the PNP's Directorate for Operations (DO).
He was the police task force commander for the 2015 Papal Visit last January. Prior to being appointed at DO, Marquez was the Regional Director of the Ilocos regional police office.
Roxas commended Marquez's instrumental role in keeping the peace during the 2013 elections, and how that was taken into account in the selection process.