The president might have the power to remove allegedly corrupt officials from the Philippine National Police (PNP), but that does not mean that he should do it in his own terms.
Malacañang reminded president-elect Duterte that he should still follow due process in axing the corrupt officials he announced on his thanksgiving party last June 4, Saturday.
The incoming president did not reveal the names of these officials yet, and warned that they should resign or risk being humiliated.
In an interview on radio dzRB, communications secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. noted that the outgoing administration supports Duterte’s cause in stopping corruption within the government. The Aquino administration was also a big proponent in the cause, and Coloma said that any action against corruption should be supported. However, he stressed that Duterte’s next action should go through a proper legal process.
“Ang panawagan ni President-elect Duterte sa ilang miyembro ng PNP ay kabilang sa kanyang prerogative bilang halal na Pangulo. Magkagayunpaman, anumang pagkilos laban sa katiwalian ay marapat pa ring tumalima sa tamang proseso alinsunod sa mga isinasaad ng batas,” he said. (Duterte’s call to some members of the PNP is one of his prerogatives as president-elect. However, any action against corruption should go through due process according to law.)