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ON HIS NONDUTY STATUS

Palace welcomes Bartolome’s ‘positive response’

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Philippine National Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Thursday welcomed Philippine National Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome’s “positive response” to President Aquino’s plan to place him on nonduty status ahead of the midterm elections next year, but ruled out any immediate meeting between the two.

“The response of PNP Chief Bartolome has certainly been positive. But as to whether they are going to meet, that’s another matter. I don’t know yet if there’s a plan for the President and PNP Chief Bartolome to meet. But we’ll let you know,” presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a briefing.

While in Laos for the Asia-Europe Meeting, the President said he would ask Bartolome to retire early and go on non-duty status before yearend to allow his early replacement and smooth preparations for the May 2013 elections.

Bartolome has indicated a desire to retire on March 16 next year, when he turns 56, to enjoy full benefits. But the President said this would be too close to the May elections, and too late to appoint his replacement because of the election ban.

If he agrees to the proposal, Bartolome will still retire on March 16, and enjoy all his retirement benefits, the President said.

Bartolome said he welcomed the President’s proposal, except that Mr. Aquino had not discussed the matter with him. It appeared he only heard the news from the media.

Lacierda said the President’s plan stemmed from his desire to ensure peaceful and orderly elections, and had nothing to do with Bartolome’s performance.

“Certainly, our concern here is for the situation in the coming national and local elections. We want to ensure that there will be peace and order, hence, the need for us to prepare early on in terms of securing the election hot spots and ensuring peace and order throughout the country during the elections,” he said.

“This is merely looking forward and being proactive in the situation. We would like to minimize, if not totally eliminate violence during elections if at all possible,” he said.

Lacierda said he was not certain whether Deputy Director General Alan Purisima, who was recently designated by Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II as head of the task force that would oversee the elections, would replace Bartolome.

“We don’t know yet. It’s up to the President to decide,” he said.


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Tags: Benigno Aquino , Government , Nicanor Bartolome , PNP , Police


  • bagani

    How will the peace and order improve if Bartmolome retires early? Incompentent ba sya?

  • boybakal

    I like the way Bart and Pnoy were talking…thru media.
    Why not face to face talk, personal as officer and gentleman, pulos PDI na lang.
    On the other hand, could we have two PNP Chiefs at the same time, one official, the other ministerial.
    If so, then we are violating the law for having two officers at one position.
    Besides, double remuneration for one position.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJW3LXJGTGMGFSLHSU2W5BZGBM Benjamin Brillantes

      haggang ngayon PULIS PATOLA sila …kayang kayang gulayin ng itaas.. kung may BAYAG si BARTO…pwede nyang sabihin na itutuloy niya ang serbisyo hanggang MARCH.. walang makapigil sa kanya…ganyan ang ginawa ni GEN. IBRADO of AFP kaya nabitin yong papalit

  • Josemakabayan

    Lets all hope that the same thing that happened during Gloria’s where in some police and military personnels were used to cheatting. i hope those things don’t happen again with gen. Bartolome being asked to be on a non duty status ??????

    • Leonardo Vega

      masyado kang paranoid…..

  • blowcoldblowhot

    The best solution is; just extend the term of Bartolome until June 2013 or after the election. Its legal anyway. Something fishy here, the admin. specially Mar wanted Purisima to head the PNP in order for him to use the PNP to cheat in the 2013 election and in preparation for the 2016 election

    • Leonardo Vega

      masyado kang paranoid…..

      • blowcoldblowhot

        That’s my analysis, what’s your?

      • nakatutok

        wala nang maisasagot yan, kasi yan naman ang usual line ng yellow zombie..

  • regd

    My boy Bartolome keeping people on their seat on his next moves. Keep ‘em guessing Barty!

  • maypakialamtayo

    mas hahangaan ko si bartolome kung mag-re-retire sya ng maaga, bakit kasi di nalang diretsohin na ayaw ni pnoy sa kanya.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

      ayaw harapin dahil cobarde el grande.

  • m1600

    hmmmm.. si Simeon sa media inilalabas yung mga announcement nya tungkol kay Bartalome si Bartolome ganoon din sumasagot thru media . MAG-USAP nga kayong dalawa para kayong mga BATANG UHUGIN!

  • nakatutok

    may nakakahawa bang sakit si Bartolome at AYAW KAUSAPIN NG HARAPAN ni Simeon???/  ang alam ko si Penoy ang may sakit e….

  • sebastian abao

    hay naku. grupong aquino…walang pinagkaiba sa tropang glorya…. pinipilt ang mga public officials in sensitive positions to retire early so that they can put somebody that would work for their political selfish agenda…not for the good of the nation and the people…. it’s like puno retiring early to make way for corona, protector of gloria… now, new PNP boss to protect LP candidates….the reasoning of the grupo now and tropa then ay walang pinagkaiba….hay naku…..nakakasuka na..

  • kilabot

    kawawa naman si bart, walang choice maliban sa lunukin ang laway ni noykapon. yan lang ba ang kaya mong gawin, general? tiklop?

    • nakatutok

      tiklop lang muna..take lang ng take bok…para ma-appoint pa , may trabaho ulit after retirement..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Ang hindi ko maintindihan kay PNoy ay kung bakit ayaw nyang kausapin face to face si Bartolome na magretiro ng maaga.

    In two instances while abroad on different dates during presscon, he offered a post in DILG
    as Usec and then lately that Bartolome to be placed on a non-duty status until his retirement in March 2013.

    Pero pag may gustong sabihin, maski malaking crowd kung saan sya imbitado ay binabanatan
    ang kanyang mga hosts.

    Hay, buihay nga naman, parang life.

    • nakatutok

      in other words…”PARA BANG HINDI LALAKI”????

  • disqusted0fu

    Why did the palace freeze him when they can just extend his retirement until after the election anyway? he obviously does not want to retire yet, so why force him? and why do they seem to be insisting to put Purisima in position already before election??? smells fishy

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7WVYACH32JLDC4COVIGJG4UNPU Ct

    Noynoy should go by the rule and allow the present PNP Chief Bartolome to perform his position to the fullest until he is retired and the President can designate his successor even in acting capacity until the election ban is over then, he can appoint a permanent PNP Chief.   

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJW3LXJGTGMGFSLHSU2W5BZGBM Benjamin Brillantes

      TAMA KA  “CT”  patapusin na lang hanggang sa MARCH..at upuan ng ACTING… para buo ang retirement package ni BARTO…bakit tayo magbibigay ng sweldo sa taong walang trabajo di parang katulad ng ‘GHOST EMPLOYEE” sabagay sanay ang pulis dyan kaya bali wala….HOY…HINDI PERA NYO YAN…SA BAYAN  AT TAX KO YAN …KAYA MAHIYA NAMAN KAYO..THINK BE 4 U DECIDE…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    “But the President said this would be too close to the May elections, and
    too late to appoint his replacement because of the election ban.”

    I guess the prohibition in Art. 7 Sec. 15 is applicable only during presidential elections.

    Anyway, if it’s for a peaceful elections, then so be it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M3LQ4MUAU3Z36MIQGIGSOKBCQE Rosauro

    Bartolome is a doer. Pursima is a close relative of Finance Sec. Purisma. Santos pursima!!! Ano ba naman yan?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    that’s what happen to uncooperative people, look at how arroyo treated versoza just before the 2010 elections?  well, come to think of it, purisima, because of closenes to bs aquino, is a power broker and had been taking the shots in the pnp ever since bs aquino took over from gma.

  • tukmoldinako

    Tama lang ang ginawa ni Bartolome na tanggapin ang kagustuhan ng malakanyang na walang pagdududa at di nagsasalita ng kahit anuman, marunong syang sumunod sa kanyang kumander in chief.

    marami sa nakaraan, kapag ganito nangyari at tinanggal sa pwesto makikita mo puro daldal ang kasunod at nahahalata ang pagka gahaman sa pwesto. I salute you Sir.

  • Albert Einstien

    i PITY bartolome….ginawa syang GHOST EMPLOYEE…..baka masalubong sya ng mga PULIS di sya MAKITA kasi ginawa syang  ghost ni pnoy…….sobra namang nakakaBABA ng DIGNIDAD yan HEPE  ka ng boung kaPULISAN tapos ginawa ka lang MULTO….grabe!

  • plau808

    I think this could have not stirred speculations had Malacanang did not talked about it in the media.  Malacanang should have waited instead until a final decision had been made.  It’s critical that peace and order is maintained during the elections for which leadership at PNP would be in limbo when Bartolome retires in mid-March next year and PNoy could not appoint his replacement because of the election ban.  Let’s just be pragmatic about it and not put political color in it.  The President has to decide, in the interest of national security, that is good for the Filipino people.

  • msmakabayan

    Garapalan na! Halatang may evil plot! Hohummmm, pretend ng pretend to be good, really very rotten inside!

  • Cal_Reznick

    Is this statement really necessary to announce the Palace welcomes the response? Its not like he had a choice, really. Everyone in the country is understanding now that if you go against the Administration, even if you raise valid points, the Administration will come after you and strike you down. Even media people who give negative remarks about the Administration is not safe.

  • Dawn Gabriel

    “Bartolome said he welcomed the President’s proposal, except that Mr. Aquino had not discussed the matter with him. It appeared he only heard the news from the media.”

    So why is this published in a newspaper as though it’s already done deal?  Surely the responsible thing to do is talk to to Bartolome first before publicizing the offer.

  • Anton_Agaton

    Preparation for Roxas’ presidential ambition.



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