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Roxas, Purisima to keep jobs despite rash of killings
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MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III will not fire Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima over the recent spate of killings in the country.

Aquino has rejected the call of the group Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption for the President to let go of Roxas and Purisima.

"The President continues to have faith in them," Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma said on Thursday.

"We thank the VACC for their communication to the President and for giving suggestions on how to prevent crimes," he added.

In a separate radio interview, Jimenez said the call for the resignation of Roxas and Purisima was not a personal attack.

"Let us protect the institutions. There are a lot of people out there who can focus on strategies meant to protect and benefit our people from crimes. As government officials, they should not be reactionaries. They should be proactive," he said.

"Who are we supposed to boot out? We can’t just remove the President," Jimenez added.