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PNP chief meets with Aquino

By Marlon Ramos
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:05:00 06/16/2010

Filed Under: Police, Security (general), Benigno Aquino III

MANILA, Philippines?Philippine National Police Director General Jesus Verzosa said he met with President-elect Benigno ?Noynoy? Aquino III over the weekend, two weeks ahead of his inauguration as the republic?s 15th head of state.

Interviewed by reporters, Verzosa refused to disclose details of his ?informal meeting? with Aquino.

?Yes, I have already spoken with the President-elect,? Verzosa told reporters after presiding over an ?exit briefing? for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in Camp Crame on Tuesday.

Verzosa said the meeting took place on Sunday in a private place ?but not on Times Street,? referring to Aquino?s residence in a middle-class community in Quezon City.

When asked what transpired during the meeting, he said with a smile: ?Nothing. We just met. Let?s not talk about it. Basta nagkita kami (We just met).?

?It was an informal one because there were others (in the area),? Verzosa added when pressed to describe his encounter with Aquino.

While he admitted meeting Aquino, Verzosa said they did not talk about the President-elect?s announced decision to let him stay on as PNP chief.

Verzosa said the PNP would give the next President a security briefing after his inauguration on June 30.

After spurning Armed Forces chief of staff General Delfin Bangit, Aquino publicly said he would likely keep Verzosa as head of the 135,000-strong police force.

?People who are doing good should be rewarded,? the incoming President said in an interview with the GMA 7 Network.

At the start of the campaign, Verzosa said he would not back moves to install Arroyo as a holdover President in case the May 10 elections failed.

Meanwhile, Verzosa called on all his unit commanders to ?pledge our professional loyalty and give our unwavering support? to the incoming administration of Aquino.

Speaking before a command conference with regional police directors and heads of the PNP support units, Verzosa thanked his field commanders for safeguarding last month?s historic computerized elections.

He also ordered them to pursue criminal cases filed against those arrested for violating the gun ban.

?After all, strict enforcement of the law must carry with it the certainty of punishment. Otherwise, the public will look at the entire election gun ban as a farce,? he said in his speech.

With the elections over, Verzosa said PNP units must return to their regular anti-crime operations and review their disaster preparedness after attending to their election duties.

?I urge everyone to unite and pursue our priority tasks with utmost dedication... and continue to strive to make the PNP shine under the new administration to which we shall pledge our professional loyalty and give our unwavering support,? he said.



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