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‘A horse from a grander stable’ awaits Razon–Puno

Posted by Abi Kwok on September 10, 2008

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 16:34:00 09/10/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Less than three weeks before Philippine National Police (PNP) director general Avelino Razon relinquishes his post, he got the assurance that the government will not let him “fade into the sunset” from Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno.

During the ground breaking ceremony of the PNP Service Plaza at the PNP Headquarters in Camp Crame Wednesday, Puno hinted that Razon would be given another government post after retirement.

“Of course, you will not be allowed to just fade into the sunset. There is another horse waiting for you in a grander stable,” Puno said.

The PNP Service Plaza, an eight-story “one-stop shop” business center that will house all police service centers, including police clearance, gun license and permits, motor vehicle clearance, security guard licenses, benefits of retirees, and complaints referral is seen as one of the last projects of Razon as PNP chief before he retires on his 56th birthday.

Razon is set to step down on September 27 when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56 but got a two-day extension as turnover ceremonies was set September 29, a Monday.

The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has officially recommended Deputy Director General Jesus Verzosa to replace Razon.

“[Razon] has left a legacy he can be proud of. Everybody has seen what you have done,” Puno said.

Puno lauded Razon for his accomplishments, including the “civilianization of the PNP,” through the PNP chief’s “Mamang Pulis and Aling Pulis program.”

“Many times you will hear that our mission in this country is defense and the maintenance of peace and order. But last year, service has been inserted into our mission and we can see this through greater police visibility, the creation of women and children’s desk, and the Mamang Pulis program,” Puno said.

Former PNP chiefs who now hold government posts include Leandro Mendoza, secretary of Transportation and Communication; Hermogenes Ebdane, secretary of Public Works and Highways; Roberto Lastimoso, at the Land Transportation Office and Metro Rail Transit; Edgar Aglipay, Philippine Retirement Authority, and Arturo Lomibao, National Irrigation Administration and a government counterterrorism unit.

The PNP Service Plaza is set to be completed by 2010. Construction of the building will be at no cost to the government and is done with the partnership of the PNP Foundation Inc., Puno said.

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