No an­nounce­ment yet on next PNP chief


MANILA – Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) spokesper­son Dionardo Car­los said Wed­nes­day they have yet to re­ceive an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment on the sup­posed ap­point­ment of Po­lice Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Ra­mon Apoli­nario as the suc­ces­sor of PNP chief Ron­ald dela Rosa, who is set to re­tire in Jan­uary.

"Wala na­man pong of­fi­cial pang an­nounce­ment (There is no of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment yet)," said Car­los.

"We have the Pres­i­dent and the pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son to give that in­for­ma­tion," he added.

How­ever, Car­los said they were ex­pect­ing Apoli­nario to be appointed as next PNP chief, not­ing that he was ini­tially among the choices of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte when he took of­fice in July 2016.

PNP Cen­ter for Strate­gic Man­age­ment le­gal of­fi­cer Su­per­in­ten­dent Ercy Nanette To­mas re­port­edly an­nounced on Tues­day, the sec­ond day of the 3rd PNP Na­tional Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil Sum­mit in Cebu City, that Apoli­nario will re­place Dela Rosa who will turn 56, the PNP manda­tory re­tire­ment age on Jan­uary 21. Other po­lice of­fi­cials who also served as speak­ers of the event also ad­dressed Apoli­nario as the “next PNP chief” sev­eral times.

Apoli­nario, who will reach his re­tire­ment age in Au­gust 2018, has yet to com­ment on the mat­ter.

Dela Rosa, Apoli­nario and Rene Asperas, chief of the Direc­torate for Per­son­nel, were among the con­tenders for the po­si­tion when Duterte as­sumed the pres­i­dency in July 2016. Dela Rosa was cho­sen be­cause he is the most se­nior of­fi­cial.

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