Purisima Next PNP Chief

MANILA, Philippines --- Deputy Director General Alan LM. Purisima has been named the next chief of Philippine National Police (PNP) after incumbent PNP chief, Director General Nicanor Bartolome, opted to take an early retirement on December 18, President Benigno S. Aquino III announced yesterday.

"He will be retiring. I believe the turnover ceremony will be next week on the 18th," the President said in a press conference after attending the 79th anniversary rites of the Department of Labor in Pasay City.

Purisima is a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1981, which triggered more feng shui-related discussions for the incoming PNP chief having a lot of the lucky number 8.

"Aside from number 8 as a lucky number," Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said in jest, "It's better that we do it during a more regular time rather than in the middle of the Christmas-New Year time."

In his speech, Purisima expressed gratitude to Roxas whom he said was the one who recommended him as the next PNP chief.

"This is a new challenge for me and I would like to tell the PNP that we will continue the programs started by our Chief PNP, particularly the PNP Patrol Plan 2030. This will be used to better serve and protect the community,' said Purisima, who will become the 18th PNP chief.

As soon as he assumes the post, Purisima said the new PNP's new motto will be "Serbisyong Makatotohanan" which he used to defend from criticisms that the crime rate in Metro Manila has ballooned by more than 30 percent from January to June this year while he was still the director of the National Capital Region Police Office.

He then reiterated that the reason the crime rate increased during his term is that he ordered that all police commanders should cover in their report all criminal incidents, including those reported in the barangay level.

Purisima revealed that he even sent monitoring teams in every police station in Metro Manila to ensure that all police units were reporting the real figure of criminal incidents, compared in the past when police commanders would allegedly deliberately reduce the crime rate to make it appear that they are doing their job well.

"We would like to get everything, we would like to get the data in each and every barangay and with that data we will be able to asses properly on how to deploy our forces," said Purisima.

"That is why the motto of the PNP would be "Sebisyong Makatotohanan", meaning, every policeman will serve every member of the community with his full strength and vigor," he added.

Bartolome, it was recalled, popularized the slogan Pulis Nyo Po and Serbisyong May Kusa.

Early Retirement For Nick

Roxas said the initial plan was actually on December 31 but the assessment of the schedule would make it difficult to hold a turnover.

But instead of the Non-Duty Status (NDS) which no less than President Aquino had offered, Roxas said outgoing chief PNP Director General Nicanor Bartolome will opt for early retirement.

Bartolome is set to reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 in March next year and his decision to retire early will have an impact on the payment of his retirement benefits.

"This is a sacrifice to General Bartolome because he has agreed in the interest of the service to preserve the strength and unity of the PNP. He will indeed be retiring next Tuesday and there will be penalty, financially on his retirement so we have to thank him for being a hero," said Roxas in a press briefing at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

This was confirmed by Bartolome who said that an early retirement would mean Purisima immediately getting the four-star rank.

Who Is Alan Purisima?

Born in November 21, 1959, which means he has until 2015 to serve as PNP chief, Purisima's first assignments as member of the Philippine Constabulary were in Central Luzon until he joined the Presidential Security Group.

Purisima's stint at the PSG under the administration of former president Corazo C. Aquino, is said to be the key factor why he was chosen as the next PNP chief by President Aquino.

Based on his Summary of Information, Purisima spent most of his career as intelligence officer but likewise held station commander posts particularly in Quezon City.

Purisima was also given special assignments focusing on organized crime groups like kidnapping-for-ransom, bank robbery and Partisan Armed Groups.

Purisima served as provincial director of Pangasinan, NCRPO chief and chief Directorial Staff of the PNP before he was named as Bartolome's replacement.

Academically, Purisima also boasts of some accomplishment like Master in Public Administration at the Manuel L. Quezon University and various foreign schoolings focusing on police management, investigation courses and anti-terrorism.


Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Osmeña wants electricity exempted from VAT
    Osmeña wants electricity exempted from VAT

    Sen. Sergio Osmeña III wants electricity to be exempted from value added tax under a proposed measure that will amend the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 and the Reformed VAT Law. He said the move aims to ease the burden of the public in paying high electricity rates in the country. “VAT on electricity is another burden on the already over-taxed shoulders of our people, especially those whose incomes are barely enough to cover their basic needs. Osmeña, chairman of the Senate …

  • No lotto draws starting tomorrow until Easter Sunday
    No lotto draws starting tomorrow until Easter Sunday

    No lotto tickets will be sold and no lotto draws made starting tomorrow, Maundy Thursday, up to Easter Sunday in observance of Holy Week. In a statement, Jose Ferdinand Rojas II, acting Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairman and general manager, said the selling of lotto tickets and lotto draws will resume on April 6,  Monday. “We thank all Lotto players for your trust and confidence in the PCSO games, and we count on your continued support of our efforts to raise funds for …

  • Quake rocks C. Visayas
    Quake rocks C. Visayas

    A magnitude-3.2 earthquake rocked parts of Central Visayas yesterday. State seismologists said the quake was an aftershock of a powerful tremor that hit the region in 2013. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake occurred at 7:54 a.m. Its epicenter was located 10 kilometers  southeast of Buenavista, Bohol. Phivolcs director Renato Solidum said the quake was an aftershock of the magnitude-7.2 earthquake that hit Bohol on Oct. 15, 2013. …

  • Super howler nears Phl
    Super howler nears Phl

    A typhoon that has devastated islands in the Pacific is forecast to become a category 5 monster howler as it barrels toward the Philippines this week. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Maysak will be named Chedeng when it enters the Philippine area of responsibility tonight or tomorrow morning. In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said the forecast track of Maysak may still change depending on the movement of …

  • Philips Gold finally shines

    Philips Gold made 11 service aces on its way to beating Mane ‘N Tail, 25-19, 27-25, 25-16, for its first victory in the Philippine Super Liga (PSL) All-Filipino Coinference Monday night at The Arena in San Juan.Former College of St. Benilde standout Rossan Fajardo had six aces as part of her 10-point output as the Lady Slammers finally barged into the win column after losing their first two matches.Ex-National University star Myla Pablo led Philips Gold with 14 points highlighted by 12 kills, …

  • Turkish Airlines starts direct Manila-Istanbul flights 3 times a week

    Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s flag carrier, launched on March 30 its thrice weekly direct, non-stop flights between Istanbul and Manila at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 and plans to operate a daily service between the two cities, eventually, announced Chief Marketing Officer Ahmet Olmustur. Last November 2014, the Philippines and Turkey signed an expanded air services agreement granting Turkish carriers three frequencies per week to Manila and Clark. In accordance with …

  • Azkals bow to Bahrain

    The Philippine Azkals fell short in their bid to salvage a draw and fell 2-1 to Bahrain Monday night in an international friendly match at the Bahrain National Stadium in Manama. Faouzi Mubarak struck the opening goal for the home side in the 29th minute before Abdulla Yaser doubled the lead two minutes later with a booming shot from 25 yards out. Fil-German midfielder Manny Ott gave the Azkals a ray of hope when he scored from just outside the box in the 61st. National team Coach Thomas …

  • Alcalas dominate rivals

    In a brilliant show of power and speed, Mark Alcala downed fierce rival and Philippine team member Ross Leonard Pedroza, 21-16, 23-21, to win the men’s singles open title. Alcala lost her No. 1 ranking after focusing on her studies at the University of the Philippines, but she’s willing to sacrifice once again in order to represent the country in future international tournaments. …


Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Poll Choice Options