The Philippine National Police (PNP) prohibited police officers from joining voting polls and surveys on social media; which solicits public opinion regarding the next chief of police.
“All PNP personnel are encouraged not to partake on the above survey to maintain impartiality and demonstrate discipline in all phases of our social affiliation,” read the memorandum, signed by Brig. Gen. Rodolfo Azurin, deputy director of the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management.
The candidates for the next PNP leader are: Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan, and Major Gen. Guillermo Eleazar.
Right now, Gamboa is the PNP’s OIC, Cascolan is deputy chief for operations, and Eleazar runs the directorial staff of the PNP.
Last October 14, former PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde stepped down as chief, amid accusations on ninja cops involvement back in 2013. He was was supposed to retire on November 8 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56 years old.
President Rodrigo Duterte said that his only standard for choosing the next PNP chief is honesty.