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MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr. has started reviewing the performance of key officials that may eventually lead to a reshuffle of top positions.

PNP's Public Information chief, Col. Redrico Maranan, said Acorda wants to see the "statistics of the accomplishments" of PNP commanders before making a decision on the possible movement.

"As of now, there is no major reshuffle that is happening. He wants to see first the performance of field commanders. He said he's going to look at the numbers," Maranan said in a radio interview on Sunday.

The Chief PNP will go through the accomplishments of all regional directors first, which will be used as his basis on whether to effect organizational movement or not.

Acorda’s predecessor, Gen. Rodolfo Azurin (ret.), effected a major reshuffle involving 80 generals and colonels just a week into his appointment in August last year.

But Maranan said this may not happen in the case of Acorda, at least for now.

Should there be organizational change, it will happen because several senior officials are soon to retire, Maranan said.

"We need to fill up the vacancies that will be caused by these retirements. Many third-level officers (colonels and generals) are retiring this year and because of that, we cannot avoid minor reassignments," he said.

Meanwhile, senior officers need to wait a little more for the approval of their promotions as they are being carefully reviewed.

The PNP leadership wants to make sure that officers who will be promoted are cleared from involvement in illegal activities, particularly drugs, Maranan said. (PNA)