Duterte to appoint new police chief this week

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 3) — President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to decide on the next chief of the Philippine National Police this week, as general Debold Sinas retires on May 8.

"We expect na within the next few days ay magkakaroon ng anunsiyo ang ating Pangulo kung sino ang kanyang pipiliin... may karapatan ang ating Pangulo na pumili from any of the star rank of the Philippine National Police," Department of Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in a virtual briefing Monday.

[Translation: We expect that within the next few days our President will have an announcement on who he will choose... the President has the prerogative to choose from any of the officers of the Philippine National Police with star ranks.]

According to Malaya, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año forwarded to Duterte last week his list of officers recommended for the PNP chief post.

Año did not disclose who he recommended to the President.

"I would expect that the President would choose the next National Police chief on the basis of seniority, on the basis of merit, on the basis of experience as a police general," Malaya said.

Duterte in November appointed Sinas as the new head of the PNP.

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