Razon headed to NSC–Palace source


By Christine Avendaño
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 19:47:00 09/28/2008

MANILA — President Macapagal-Arroyo is poised to appoint newly retired Philippine National Police Director General Avelino Razon to the National Security Council (NSC), a Malacañang source has revealed.

“Razon will be a deputy to National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales at the NSC,” said the official, who asked not to be identified for not having been assigned to speak on the matter.

Razon retired from the police service on Sept. 27 and was replaced by Deputy Director General Jesus Versoza.

But both Gonzales and Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita could not confirm Razon’s appointment to the NSC.

“I have no idea,” Ermita said.

In a separate phone interview, Gonzales said on Sunday he had not been apprised of Razon’s appointment.

But if it were true that Razon was going to the NSC, then he would be appointed deputy director general, according to Gonzales, who is director general of the agency.

Gonzales said Razon’s entry to the NSC would be welcome as “he has a reputation of being a good police officer.’’

Actually, Gonzales said, he already had something in mind for Razon should he be named to the NSC.

He said that with his police experience, Razon could look into the sudden rise in petty crimes in the country, a common complaint made to him by local government executives.

“I promised to look at it and this could be a good opportunity should General Razon come in,’’ Gonzales said.

Gonzales has lost three deputies — retired Gen. Victor Mayo, Pedro Cabuay, who is now chief of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, and retired Gen. Romeo Tolentino, who is going to the Philippine National Oil Co.

His deputies now include Senior Deputy Adviser Milo Ibrado, Deputy Adviser Luis “Chavit” Singson and Arturo Lomibao, another former PNP chief.

Gonzales said Singson would like to do special assignments while Lomibao has been assigned to anti-terrorism work.

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My Take:

Now, at least we see loyalty here.  PGMA is more loyal to PDSP than to the military.  Razon as Gonzales’ deputy?  Can Mamang Pulis stomach that kind of insult?

Just asking…

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