Duterte reportedly broached the idea of reviving the Philippine Constabulary after the PNP suspended its anti-drug operation known as 'Oplan Tokhang' to focus on its erring policemen.
The suspension of the PNP's drug war was prompted by the alleged involvement of some ranking policemen in the recent abduction of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo, who was reportedly strangled inside the PNP headquarters.
In addition, he was given the authority to approve payroll and disbursement vouchers for the PNPs uniformed and nonuniformed personnel.
He said these include the procurement approved by the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office and those made by the Armed Forces.
While the organization awaits the appointment of the PNP chief, Napolcom Vice Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo Escueta said Espina was given the power to approve and issue permits of firearms, explosives, import and transport ammunition, weapons systems and accessories attached or pertaining to air, naval and land assets.
The PNP remains headless with the resignation of PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima in February weeks after the Mamasapano tragedy, which he allegedly participated in planning despite his suspension.
MANILA -- Despite new information coming out after the Senate and the Philippine National Police released their reports on the Mamasapano carnage, the PNP Board of Inquiry has not yet received any directive to investigate the new claims.
The PNP said it would likely wait for the conclusion of the other investigations being undertaken by other government units, as the BOI already released its report earlier this month.
The report which was released on Friday said the President, as Commander in Chief, is bound by the Philippine National Police (PNP) chain of command under the PNP Manual.
96409) that the President is not the Commander in Chief of the PNP.
Again, kung irerelate sa pang-araw-araw na gawain ng PNP
, all commanders siguro will agree with me (No rule was violated here.
This could be one of the reasons why until now, Escudero said, the President could not appoint a new PNP