MANILA (Mabuhay) – A former Interior and Local Government Secretary on Monday said President Aquino acted indecisively on the controversies surrounding Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima.
Ex-DILG chief Rafael Alunan said the President’s half-hearted action on Purisima instilled doubt on his leadership.
Purisima is facing a six-month suspension for approving the allegedly anomalous Werfast deal.
“Actually, I was quite perplexed. He was not decisive. There was waffling. It was obvious to the public. Things like this should not be allowed because it gives room for doubt about the President’s leadership, his values, etc and that impacts on the daang matuwid campaign,” he said.
“In matters like this, I think it is important for the President to take decisive action,” he added.
Alunan said the President should replace Purisima “just to stabilize the institution so that it can continue its normal activities without a Damocles sword or cloud of doubt over their heads.”
He said that during his time as DILG chief, there was also housecleaning inside the PNP that led to the early retirement of 63 police generals and colonels.
He said the housecleaning allowed “young blood” to go up the ranks of the PNP.
“The story that we agreed was they would give up their posts for the institution they loved to allow younger blood to come in,” he said.
Alunan gave some advice for Purisima who is now suspended for six months.
“Don’t burden the President. Don’t burden your secretary of interior and local government or your people in PNP. Get yourself offline and work through the system to sort out the problem but don’t stand in the way because it gives a bad example,” he said.
He said the honorable route for Purisima is to relinquish his post so that he can work on clearing his name.
“If I am cleared then hopefully I can be reinstalled. That is the honorable way to do it,” he said.
The Office of the Ombudsman earlier ordered the preventive suspension of Purisima and other top police officials in connection with the administrative complaint involving the courier service contract between the PNP and Werfast documentary agency in 2011. (MNS)