Aquino confirms, but can’t accept yet, Espina resignation

President Benigno Aquino III on Friday confirmed that Philippine National Police (PNP) officer in charge Leonardo Espina has submitted his resignation letter.

However, he said he cannot accept it until he has appointed a replacement.


“He did submit his resignation and the acceptance is pending on selecting his replacement,” Aquino said during an interview in Tarlac City.

The President said Espina is no longer in the running for the PNP chief position because appointing him a few months before his retirement will be disruptive.


“Is he still in the running? That’s the point. He assumes today, he has about three months to serve. Once he serves the three months, there will be a turnover to the next guy, who replaces him, and that’s disruptive to the service,’’ he said.

“The issue is, what can he actually do in that short period of time, and the downside is, the organization will have to reacclimatize itself to two director generals in the same year,’’ he added.

READ: Espina has resigned as PNP-OIC—source

Espina stepped in as PNP OIC in December last year when Director General Alan Purisima was suspended by the Ombudsman for his involvement in an allegedly anomalous transaction with a courier service. Purisima later resigned after he was accused of directing the botched Mamasapano operation despite his suspension.

READ: Roxas to PNP chief: You’re suspended | Aquino confirms accepting Purisima’s resignation

During the last couple of days, the PNP has refused to confirm whether Espina has indeed resigned. Sources, however, told that Espina wanted the President to exercise his prerogative in appointing an acting PNP chief.

Aquino said interviews and checks on the candidates are already being conducted. However, he clarified that the new PNP head will most likely be appointed by the end of 2015 or early 2016.


Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Benigno Aquino III, Leonardo Espina, Philippine National Police
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2019 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.