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VICE President Jejomar Binay’s suggestion to remove the Philippine National Police from the supervision of the Department of Interior and Local Government is an obvious attack on resigned Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, Malacañang said Friday.

“It is quite obvious that this suggestion from the vice president is made as a not-so-veiled attack on Secretary Roxas and not really to improve [the] governance and performance of the institution,” presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte told reporters.

She said Binay’s statement contradicted the data presented by the government, which was backed by facts and not speculation.

“The data of the implementation of Oplan Lambat Sibat in NCR [Nationa Capital Region] and in other pilot areas contradict the assumptions of the Vice President,” Valte said.

“Equipment upgrades for the PNP and BFP [Bureau of Fire Protection] happened while under the supervision of the DILG.”

Binay made the suggestion on Thursday in a radio interview.

Binay said the PNP should be removed from the jurisdiction of the Interior Department and placed under the direct control of the Office of the President.

“The responsibility of managing the PNP should be taken from Interior Secretary Mar Roxas so that he can be more productive in the government,” Binay said.

Binay and Roxas are set to face off in a political rematch in the 2016 national elections, with Binay running for President under the opposition party United Nationalist Alliance.

Roxas is the standard bearer of the ruling Liberal Party.

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