BY ED LIBRANDA
PBBM GOVERNANCE IN TROUBLE
President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr faced restive members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Department of National Defense (DND) during the past ten days.
It all started when Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benhur Abalos announced in a press conference requesting the "courtesy resignation" of all the full colonels and generals of the Philippine National Police to eradicate the scalawags in the PNP and cleanse its ranks of officers involved to the illegal drug.
Many PNP officers resented the move by the DILG Sec, Abalos, which prompted the PNP chief General Rodolfo Azurin to file his resignation with President BBM "as a way to salvage PNP members and officers honor.
While these resignations are being played out in the media, the change of command at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) happened when President BBM re-installed former four stars general Andres Centino to replace AFP chief of staff Lt. General Bartolome Vicente Baccaro.
Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin presided over leadership turnover to Gen. Andres Centino as the 59th AFP Chief of Staff in a Change of Command ath the Tejeros Hall AFP Commissioned Officers Country Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on January 7, 2023.
In a press release from Malacanang Palace, it said that the former Department of National Defence (DND) office in charge Faustino "knew of developments" in the AFP. The former DND OIC said he only learned of Andres Centino's oath-taking as AFP chief from news and social media reports.
"Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin, retired chief justice of the Supreme Court (SC) Tuesday, January 10, claimed forme defense office-in-charge Jose Faustino Jr. knew the developments regarding the appointment of Gen. Andres Centino."
On the same date, Malacanang Palace released a statement that the President, as the Commander-in-Chief, has the sole prerogative to appoint the AFP Chief of Staff.
In another development, Defense Secretary-designate Carlito Galves Jr. on Wednesday told officials in the agency to "stay in place" even though its officials reported the submission of courtesy resignation.
These actions by President BBM only show that he is in total control of the military forces and avert any movement leading to destabilizing the sitting government.