Press Release
February 5, 2015

Statement of Senate President Franklin M. Drilon
on the resignation of PNP Director General Allan Purisima

For the good of the nation, I urge the President to immediately select a competent replacement for General Allan Purisima, one who will be able to effectively lead the Philippine National Police and overcome its many challenges in these trying times.

This is the first step that will restore the morale of our personnel in the PNP which has been greatly affected by the recent turn of unfortunate events. In order to effectively carry out the functions of the PNP, the government has to make sure that their morale to their service remains high, and their dedication to pursue justice remains strong.

The immediate appointment of a new PNP chief is crucial so that chain of commands in the PNP will again be fully observed.

Purisima, meanwhile, should cooperate with all the investigating bodies that are tasked to uncover the truth in the Mamasapano encounter. He should attend the hearings in the Senate next week on the Mamasapano encounter. His cooperation is crucial in getting the full truth, which we owe to the families of the slain commandos, and in seeking accountability and justice for his fallen comrades.

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