Aquino says goodbye to PNP, regrets Marquez’ early retirement

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(File photos) (L) President Benigno Aquino III; (R) PNP Chief Dir. Gen. Ricardo Marquez

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Dir. Gen. Ricardo Marquez is going on early retirement.

Marquez is leaving PNP two months before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56. This is to give way to the new administration in choosing the next PNP chief.

President Benigno Aquino III, who is also stepping down from office soon, said he regrets to see Marquez leave PNP so soon.

Mahusay, maaasahan, may malasakit, at may paninindigan sa pagpapatupad ng mandato,” Aquino described Marquez. “Kapag kinausap mo, sasabihin nya ang totoo. Hindi makikipag plastikan o magsisinungaling para magpalapad ng papel.”

[Translation: He is good, reliable; he cares, he’s principled in fulfilling his mandate. He will tell you the truth. He wouldn’t lie just to please you and be a sycophant.]

The President also commended Marquez for fulfilling difficult tasks such as ensuring the safety of Pope Francis during his visit in 2015.

'Di po biro ang pagtiyak sa seguridad ng Santo Papa noong panahong iyon… Sa awa ng Diyos… ligtas na nakarating at naka-alis sa ating bansa si Pope Francis,” President Aquino said.

[Translation: Ensuring the Pope’s security is no joke. By God’s Grace, Pope Francis arrived and left our country safely.]

President Aquino also said Marquez did a great job in ensuring peace and order during the May elections.

He also cited Marquez’ achievements, such as putting at least 3,000 most wanted persons behind bars, and decreasing the weekly carnapping incidents from 952 to 200 during his term as PNP chief.

Meanwhile, Marquez mentioned about the challenges his successor Chief Superintendent Ronald Dela Rosa will have to face — like persuading Congress to pass the New PNP charter and creating a comprehensive modernization plan.

Marquez is hopeful Dela Rosa will perform well as leader of the police organization.

Aquino bids farewell to PNP

This is Mister Aquino's last event in the PNP as President.

Despite having his share of controversies as the PNP’s commander-in-chief and chief executive, President Aquino thanked the police for their support.

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Sa ating kapulisan, nais ko po ipabatid sa inyo ang aking paghanga at taus-pusong paniniwala,” Aquino said. “Isang karangalan na pamunuan ang hanay ng Philippine National Police.”

[Translation: To our police force, I want to tell you how much I admire you and I trust in you. It’s an honor to lead the Philippine National police.]

President Aquino was blamed for the mishandling of the 2015 Mamasapano encounter, where 44 PNP Special Action Force commandos died. It almost drove a wedge between the military and police forces.

CNN Philippines’ Gerg Cahiles contributed to this report.

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