Senators welcome Purisima’s resignation: He still needs to appear in Senate

Though the official confirmation of his resignation is yet to come out, Senators urged Philippine National Police Chief Director Alan Purisima to attend Senate’s investigation on Mamasapano Special Action Force operation.

“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,” Senate President Franklin Drilon said.

“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,” the Senate President said.

“If true, at least he saved the President of having to fire him if only to stabilize the PNP as an organization with a permanent head. I hope PNoy will appoint this successor at the soonest possible time,” Senator Francis Escudero said.

Meanwhile, in a press briefing at Malacanang, Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said there are a lot of factors that must be considered in appointing a new PNP chief such as service cycles and age requirements. He added that the President fully supports PNP OIC Deputy Director-General Leonardo Espina.