PNP chief: ‘Spare us from issues’
Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—Philippine National Police PNP Director General Jesus Verzosa on Tuesday appealed to the public to stop creating “issues” concerning the relationship of the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines AFP with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and added that they should simply be allowed to do their jobs.
Verzosa, speaking during the joint security meeting with the AFP and the Commission on Elections Comelec, said that the PNP is working closely with the AFP and even the President to ensure honest, peaceful, and orderly elections.
“We request that we be spared from issues that are now arising that may hinder us in the performance of our mandated tasks. We want to show that we are doing our part—the partnership of the AFP and the PNP and our partnership with the President—in that we want to have honest and orderly elections,” Verzosa said.
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Palace downplays Verzosa snub
MANILA, Philippines—A Palace official on Tuesday said the media was “reading too much” into the body language of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as Malacañang continued to downplay suggestions of a rift between her and Philippine National Police chief Jesus Verzosa.
“I think one day of news is enough for that particular story,” said deputy presidential spokesperson Gary Olivar. “I think we are trying to read too much into the body language of someone even as … highly-placed as the President.”
He was reacting to reports that Ms Arroyo had again snubbed Versoza after she failed to acknowledge him when she spoke at the 113th anniversary celebrations of the Philippine Army in Fort Bonifacio on Monday.