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15 of 18 regional directors to go in police revamp

A top to bottom revamp of the Philippine National Police (PNP) looms after Chief Supt. Ronald dela Rosa takes over the helm of the national police organization on Friday.

Dela Rosa said they are now identifying areas that need new commanders based on the crime data submitted to Camp Crame.

“This will be an extensive revamp, entire Philippines. We will identify who among the police commanders who must be replaced,” said Dela Rosa in an interview over dzMM.

Initial data revealed that 15 of the 18 regional directors would be replaced which also translates to the replacement of provincial directors.

Even town police chiefs and city directors will not be spared as their performances are now reportedly being assessed at Camp Crame.

Earlier, Dela Rosa said he will be conducting a regular assessment of the commanders that he would appoint to ensure that they would deliver especially in the war against illegal drugs.

“The regular assessment is necessary because I have a deadline to beat,” said Dela Rosa.

Dela Rosa has vowed to suppress the illegal drugs problems and other crimes within three to six months.

If he would fail, Dela Rosa said he would ask Duterte to replace him.

“All policemen from top to bottom must work. We will not allow policemen who will just stay in the offices. They will be deployed outside,” said Dela Rosa.

“On my part, you only become a PNP chief once so I will do my best, I will give my all,” he added.

Dela Rosa said he would deploy so-called “kotong” cops to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao where police presence is badly needed.

The incoming PNP chief is expected to hold his first command conference on Friday. (AARON RECUENCO)