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Danao is new PNP deputy chief for ops

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MANILA – Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao, the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) No. 4 man as chief of the PNP Directoria­l Staff, will take over as Deputy Chief of Operations (DCO) officer-in-charge while retaining his current post, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año confirmed Monday.

Danao is replacing Lt. Gen Ferdinand Divina who reached his mandatory retirement age of 56 on May 2, six days before the scheduled retirement of PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos.

Año said for now, Danao would assume the post vacated by Divina in an acting capacity pending President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval on the replacemen­ts.

“For the new DCO pero with approval pa rin ni Presidente (Rodrigo Duterte) but as of now because Lt. Gen. Divina has already retired, Lt. Gen. Danao will be taking it as parang OIC muna pending the approval of the President,” Año said in a phone interview.

He said Danao is the most senior police officer and may assume the DCO post “by the operation of the law.’’

He stressed the importance of filling up the vacancy, citing that the DCO head is also the commander of the National Task Force (NTF) for the May 9 national and local elections.

On the retirement of Carlos, Año said his service as PNP chief may only be extended in times of war or national emergency declared by Congress.

Carlos is stepping down from his post on May 8 after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56. /

As expected kasi dako og population ang Talomo nato… Buhangin as expected kay dako sad og population. SARA DUTERTECAR­PIO

Davao City Mayor

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