Bartolome open to Aquino’s offer to go on floating status



Philippine National Police chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Philippine National Police chief, Director General Nicanor Bartolome, said Wednesday he is “open” to the recommendation of President Benigno Aquino III to put him under “non-duty status.”

“I am open to the idea. Whatever the President desires, I will follow,” Bartolome told reporters in reply to Aquino’s pronouncement that he is pondering on putting Bartolome on “non-duty status” to allow for his early replacement and smooth preparations for next year’s midterm election.

Bartolome said he has always been consistent with his statements where he said that he will serve “at the pleasure of the President,” being a member of team of the commander in chief.

“My service in the force started in 1980. That’s long enough. I have a few months left in the PNP and I don’t think there will be a problem,” he said.

When asked about his preference between non-duty status and early retirement, Bartolome said he has yet to discuss the matter with the President, as well as the topic on whoever will likely be the next chief of the PNP.

Bartolome explained that a non-duty status means that he will stop performing his duties as PNP chief as he waits for his retirement in March.

“There are many reasons and intervening events to consider. I look at it positively,” he said, adding that he doesn’t want “to be among the things that Aquino should worry about . . . I should be part of the solution.”

“If there were no elections I won’t be considered for NDS [non-duty status].  It happens that we will be having one,” Bartolome said.

In earlier reports, Aquino was quoted as saying that he will talk to Bartolome about leaving the PNP’s top post early, probably in November or December.

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  • RyanE

    Why can’t Gen. Bartolome just avail of early retirement? I guess his retirement benefits will be the same as what he will be getting 4 months from now? Gen. Bartolome by his pitiful stance is just degrading himself.

    • yahoo user

      RyanE,,,, in accordance with the CSC laws hindi pareho ang makukuhang benefits kaya ayaw niyang mag early retirement, He is not degrading himself he knows naman ang situation. Kung bababa siya sa pwesto ng march meron namang batas na di pwede mag appoint ng successor dahil may election ban. Fully understood naman ang kanyang kalagayan.

      • RyanE

        Thanks for the clarifications.. Cheers

      • opinyonlangpo

        Is that applicable even if it is not a presidential election?

  • Cal_Reznick

    Let’s be clear the President appears to not be worried about much. He is concerned with apparently one thing, which is the persecution of the former President. One-track mindedness is not going to help solve the problems that the country is facing.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Non duty status means useless, a pitiful state when a subordinate cannot follow the boss’ wishes but can not be lawfully fired or demoted. The president is in-charge and its his game plan anyway. So Gen. Bartolome just put on his uniform and go to his office everyday to wait his retirement day, and get his salary. Nice.

  • Bansot

    General, if you have your self respect known as “DIGNITY”, I don’t think that accepting “NDS” is the right thing to do…If your services are no longer needed then it is time to hand over your badge and stop collecting any remuneration for doing nothing….please do it clean and maintain your “DIGNITY”

  • Raul

    Daming pamilya nawalan ng Anak at Tatay dahil sa INUTIL na to. Walang nagawa. Magaling sa media affairs sana nag Kolumnista nalang ito. INUTIL ka Bartolome.

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