CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga – National police chief Director General Ronald de la Rosa on Friday gave his last salute in honor of Director Rene Ong who bowed out from the Philippine National Police service after reaching the 56-year old mandatory retirement age.
Bato motored to this regional police headquarters, his nth time since he became the PNP chief, where he led the formal retirement of Ong, chief of the Human Resource Research Division (HRRD) in Camp Crame.
The event was well-attended by Ong classmates (mistah) in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class ’83 and some senior officials from higher headquarters.
“There was no much fun fare except for the giving of retirement honor,” said Supt. Fe Grenas, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3).
Grenas said it is a tradition in the PNP for a retiring police general to choose the place where he came from as his choice for the retirement ceremony. “Retiring generals are given option to hold the ceremony in place of choice.”
Ong hails from Mabalacat City. He spent his junior years in the PNP in Mindanao, Visayas and in Luzon areas. He was once the deputy regional director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) stationed in this police camp.
Ong will receive his monthly pension equivalent to three-star general or (deputy director). He also took home the PNP saber and other memento aside from check replica of his last payment and automated teller machine card.
Next to retire on July this year is Police Director Keith Ernald Singian, of the Human Resource Doctrine Division (HRDD). Similar ceremony will be accorded to him.
Singian is from City of San Fernando. He is the former provincial director of Pampanga before he was transferred to higher headquarters.
On December last year, another Kapampangan Police Director Noel Vargas, from Apalit, Pampanga bowed out from the service.