A VERY good service reputation, loyalty to the Constitution and the Filipino people and acceptance of both their internal and external audience will be the qualities of the police general who will be picked by President Duterte to replace embattled Philippine National Police chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde.
Officials also told the Journal Group that with or without the backing of Gen. Albayalde, President Duterte will choose a new Chief, PNP who has proven his worth in the past and a solid service reputation he needs to continue the PNP’s massive war on drugs, criminality, terrorism and rogues in uniform.
“Competence, a very good service reputation, acceptance of the PNP’s internal and external audience, loyalty to the Constitution and the Filipino people, that in the end would be the basis of the Commander-in-Chief in choosing a PNP chief and that would matter in the selection of Gen. Albayalde’s successor,” said former PNP chief, retired Gen. Arturo C. Lomibao.
Since the PNP was created in 1991, past Philippine presidents, President Duterte not excluded, are known for asking for the list of the ‘Chief, PNP-tiables’ or the best candidates to replace him from the PNP chief himself.
In the case of Gen. Albayalde, it is an open secret that his classmate from Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986, former PNP chief and now Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa recommended him to President Duterte as his successor.
At least two very highly-reliable Journal Group sources have revealed that the President has chosen who will be Gen. Albayalde’s successor. The Journal Group is withholding the identity of the official upon request of the two sources. However, the clue is the next Chief, PNP has the Letters ‘A’ and ‘R’ in his name.
Right now, the top three contenders to replace Gen. Albayalde are newly-designated PNP Deputy Chief for Administration, , Lieutenant Gen. Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, new PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Lt. Gen. Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan and new PNP Chief Directorial Staff, Major. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar.
The three were named to their new posts following the retirement last Saturday of Lt. Gen. Fernando H. Mendez Jr., the erstwhile no. 2 official of the PNP.
Erstwhile Police Regional Office 3 director in Central Visayas, Brigadier General Debold M. Sinas, a classmate from PMA ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987 of Eleazar has been named as the new National Capital Region Police Office director in Metro Manila.
Officials said that all three are highly-qualified for the post, having shone in their respective career, through the years. Both Gamboa and Cascolan are known ‘Davao Boys’ too and classmates from PMA ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 of Gen. Albayalde.
Other top contenders to become the next PNP Chief are two underclassmen of the three, Manila Police District director, Brigadier Gen. Vicente D. Danao Jr. and Police Security and Protection Group director, Brig. Gen. Filmore B. Escobal, both members of PMA ‘Sambisig’ Class of 1991.
Officials said that next only to the President, the Chief, PNP is touted to be the second most powerful man in the entire country due to the vast influence and power he wields.