Statement of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. on the appointment of new PNP Chief

I welcome the appointment of a Police Director Ricardo Marquez as the new PNP Chief.

Since the suspension of then PNP Chief Alan Purisima, I have been urging Malacanang to immediately appoint a permanent successor because a mere Officer-In-Charge lacks 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. I personally know Dir. 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.

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