No Tuesday PNP command turnover

October 26, 2019

DEFINITELY, there will be no new PNP chief assuming his command this coming Tuesday since the event has been postponed leaving the race for resigned General Oscar Albayalde’s official successor  very tight  as of yesterday.

The PNP did not say the reason behind the postponement but usually, all major PNP events including its anniversary and Turnover of Command which requires the attendance of the Chief Executive had always depend on the availability of the Commander-in-Chief.

Thus, it’s still a guessing game on who among Lieutenant Generals Archie Gamboa and Pikoy Cascolan, both classmates of Gen. Albayalde from PMA ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986;  Major General Gilor Eleazar of PMA ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987  and Brigadier General Vic Danao of PMA ‘Sambisig’ Class of 1991 will get the blessing of President Duterte.

My sources say they expect the unpredictable President Duterte to make his decision on November 8, the actual retirement date of Gen. Albayalde. The guessing game right now in Camp Crame is that it would be a tight race between Generals Gamboa, Cascolan and Eleazar.

Why? Many police generals have expressed belief that the President would eventually appoint Brig. Gen. Danao after designating a ‘transition Chief,PNP’ who will have command of the police force until next year. Call it ‘positioning’ and giving Danao, a former Manila Police District director the chance to further hone his leadership skills as Calabarzon police director.

The future of the PNP whose reputation has been badly tarnished by the so-called ‘Ninja Cops’ lies on the hands of its next Chief, thus, whoever will be chosen by the President to be the next Chief,PNP needs to possess the solid service reputation, good moral character, untarnished record and the acceptance of both the internal and external audience. May the best man win!


On a personal note, I would like to congratulate two friends from PMA ‘Tanglaw Diwa’ Class of 1992, namely Colonels Ronald Lee and Bong Caramat who ‘silently’ assumed their new positions this week as directors respectively of the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMG) and PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG). ‘Silent’ since the two took over their new positions without any official turnover ceremony usually associated with key PNP units.

Col. Lee, the erstwhile Deputy Regional Director for Operations of the Police Regional Office 7 in Central Visayas is the new PNP-IMEG director while the erstwhile PNP-IMEG director, Col. Caramat is the new PNP-IMEG director vice Brig. Gen. Albert Ferro of PMA ‘Makatao’ Class of 1989 who has been designated as the new Deputy Regional Director for Administration of the PRO5 in Bicol region.

Lee and Caramat are the newest members of PMA Class 1992 to occupy positions of major responsibility in the PNP which will qualify them for promotion to star-rank.

The 1st member of PMA Class 1992 in the PNP to earn a star-rank of PNP spokesman and head of the PNP Public Information Office, now Brig. Gen. Bernie  Banac. Two other members of the Class who are set to earn their star-rank soon as Col. Jonnel Estomo of the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group and Col. Matthew Baccay of the PNP Legal Service.

Due to their solid service reputation, Lee and Caramat got their new posts wherein they will be playing major roles in the PNP’s effort to regain some lost trust and confidence of the country in the aftermath of the ‘Ninja Cops’ controversy which forced the resignation of Gen. Albayalde.

As PNP-IMEG director, Lee has been ordered by the PNP leadership to ensure a no let-up drive against rogues in uniform specifically targeting policemen directly or indirectly involved in illegal drug activities and other irregularities.

Two days after he assumed his new post, Lee’s men went to work and arrested two Pasay City policemen accused of extorting money from bus and FX operators and drivers in Malibay area.

The head of the Pasay City Police-Community Precinct, Captain Mark Oyad was also relieved by NCRPO director, Brig. Gen. Dodong Sinas after he and his men were accused of demanding daily ‘grease money’ from public transport operators and drivers in their jurisdiction.

The relieved Pasay City PCP7 commander also has a lot of explaining to do after he was accused of threatening to arrest and file drug-related charges against the head of a local transport group who protested his alleged instruction to increase their daily collection to P1,000 per trip. This is a serious allegation which is now being investigated by the NCRPO on orders of an angry Brig. Gen. Sinas.

Allegations like this should not be ignored since the PNP leadership is saying they are really ‘dead serious’ in their internal cleansing program. Gen. Gamboa had said  that since July 2016 to date, a total of 9,172 PNP or roughly 4.7 percent of the total number of PNP personnel currently in service, had been meted various degrees of penalty for administrative cases arising from involvement in criminal activity, and violation of PNP rules and regulations.

Gamboa said that among the more than 9,000 policemen,  a total of 2,806 were  dismissed from service, 535 demoted in rank, 4,721 suspended, 762 reprimanded, 60 restricted to quarters, 208 forfeited salary and 80 had their privileges withheld.

Under Caramat, the PNP-IMEG from February 3, 2017 to date have launched counter-intelligence operations which led in the killing of nine scalawags in shootouts and the arrest and filing of charges against 226 others.  

Expect Caramat and Lee to partner again as they go after rogues in uniform who are directly or indirectly involved in illegal drug trafficking and abuse. Caramat right now is under orders to focus his campaign against ‘high-value’ drug targets. Watch out for results soon.