PNP set for major revamp

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga — National police chief General Oscar Albayalde said yesterday the organization will undergo reshuffle with the retirement of some senior officers holding key positions in the Philippine National Police.

“…by September two Directorate for Integrated Police Offices (DIPO) and other senior officers will receive their retirement papers,” said Albayalde on the sidelines of 118th Police Service anniversary ceremonies held in this regional police headquarters. 

Albayalde did not mention the specific areas affected by the reshuffle but hinted that DIPOs will surely be replaced by star-rank police officers. He said Central Luzon will be spared from the revamp as Police Brigadier General Joel Napoleon Coronel is barely eight months in the positiion as regional director of Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3). 

Albayalde, who will step down from the service on Novermber 8 this year when he reaches the 56-year mandatory retirement age, declined to name his successor while pointing to Malacanang as the final authority to replace him.

“Wala pa sinasabi ang persidente kung sino ang papalit.. let’s just wait kung sino ang mapipili ng pangulong [Rodrigo] Duterte,” Albayalde pointed out.

Meanwhile, the PRO3 initiated its own version of reshuffle affecting Police Colonel Oscar Jacildo who was unceremoniously relieved as chief of the Police Community Relations Division (PCRD).

He was placed on floating status at the Regional Holding Administrative Unit (RHAU).Jacildo was replaced by Police Lt. Colonel Donato Bait, former deputy chief of the Regional Operations and Plans Division (ROPD).

Police Colonel Narvin Mangune, director of Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) will retiredl on Sept 9.

Two contenders are jockeying for the ACPO directoship position. They are Police Colonel Bernard Perez and Police Colonel Patrick Sangalang.