Purisima appointed police chief as Bartolome retires.
Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas on Thursday announced the appointment of Purisima. Bartolome opted to bow out early from the police service rather than be placed on a "floating" status until his retirement on March 16. Roxas commended Bartolome for his "statesmanship." "As you all know, his term officially ends in March of next year.
But knowing that March will be in the middle of the election period, he has voluntarily agreed to step down earlier so that this transition can happen with a full five or almost six months between the incoming PNP chief taking on the job and the coming elections," Roxas said. The Interior secretary said that the formal handover of leadership will take place on December 18.
Bartolome said that he decided to handover the PNP leadership months before his retirement to give the new police chief the authority that comes with a four-star rank general. -- Manila Times
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