Malacañang on Wednesday announced that the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) third in command will serve as Officer-In-Charge (OIC), as Police Chief Director General Alan Purisima undergoes a six-month preventive suspension.
In a press briefing at the Palace, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte told reporters that National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Regional Director Leonardo Espina will act as OIC.
“My information is that the number two in PNP retired last Friday and the number three-man is former NCRPO Chief (Leonardo) ‘Dindo’ Espina. My advice is that General Espina will act as OIC for the time being,” said Valte.
The second in command who retired was Police Deputy Director General Felipe Rojas, Jr.
Last week, the Ombudsman ordered the suspension of Purisima and several other police officials over an allegedly anomalous contract with a courier service for the delivery of gun licenses.