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‘Luckiest’ PMA Class 1985 members

  • Written by Alfred P. Dalizon
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I’M referring to Chief Superintendent Robert Quenery whom many say is the  ‘luckiest’ member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Sandiwa’ Class of 1985 in the Philippine National Police nowadays, having been given three major positions since President Duterte came into power in July 2016, unlike some of his ‘mistahs’ who are literally being kept in the ‘freezer’ due to their perceived association with the Aquino and Roxas-led Yellows in the past.

Quenery was the Deputy Regional Director for Administration of the Cordillera Police Regional Office when he was designated as PNP Health Service director late last year. I was among the panel of judges when the brilliant officer presented his Unit’s performance governance report last February.

I told him that Congress and Palace should notice the Health Service’s predicament after writing a piece called “Wanted: World-Class PNP General Hospital.” He was in-charge of the unit when he was suddenly transferred as director of the PNP Aviation Security Group before the end of February.

Barely two months later, he would become the new director of the Police Regional Office 6 in Cagayan Valley following the relief of Chief Supt. Ely Rasco in the aftermath of two major New People’s Army attacks in the region. I’m hoping that under Quenery, Cagayan Valley policemen would try to put up a fight against the rebels even though they are outnumbered instead of just surrendering their weapons.

Retiring on September 12 next year, Quenery at present is one of the many PMA Class 1985 members holding key positions in the PNP which is headed by their underclassman, General Ronald ‘Bato’ de la Rosa of PMA ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986.
    
The highest-ranked of them is the PNP’s no. 2 man and Gen. Ronald ‘Bato’ de la Rosa’s ‘heir apparent,’, PNP Deputy Chief for Administration, Deputy Director General Ramon Apolinario followed by newly-promoted Director Greg Pimentel of the PNP Directorate for Intelligence. Apolinario will retire on August 31, 2018 while Pimentel on May 9, 2019 or two years from now, making him one of the youngest members of the Class. Another 2-star police general from the Class is PNP Special Action Force commander, Director Benjie Lusad who will be retiring on January 1, 2020.
    
At present, there are still 32 members of PMA Class 1985 who are still in the active service led by Apolinario. Six have already retired namely former PNP Inspector General, Director Alex Roldan (December 9, 2016); my good friend, Chief Supt Vert Chavez (last March 28); former Negros Island Region director, Chief Supt. Conrad Capa last August 29); former Region 11 Internal Affair Service director, Chief Supt. Pete Cabatingan (last December 18);  Chief Supt. Pedro Obaldo (last November 14); and Chief Supt. Wilson Caubat (last September 30).
    
Also retiring this year are Chief Supt. Pablo Balagtas of the peace process committee based in Camp Crame (December 1); Chief Supt. Ric Zapata of the Directorate for Information Communications and Technology Management (July 2); and another good friend, Chief Supt. Elmer Beltejar of the Police Regional Office 8 in Eastern Visayas (August 30). Incidentally, Beltejar’s daughter Vanel Andrea and nephew Jan Robert are among the country’s newest lawyers.
     
Other retiring members of the Class are  Chief Supt. JV Javier of the PRO10 in Northern Mindanao (June 23); Chief Supt. Rene Gumban of the PRO18 (this coming May 21); Chief Supt. Edwin Nemenzo of the Information and Communications Technology Service (August 25); Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino of the PRO3 in Central Luzon (September 6); and Senior Supt. John Santos of the PRO12 in Central Mindanao (July 7).
     
As I have previously written, in the event President Duterte appoints him, Apolinario will only have at least seven months to lead the police force after Gen. de la Rosa’s retirement. At present, there are eight PMA Class 1985 members who are PNP Regional directors namely Quenery, Aquino, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor of PRO4-B in Mimaropa region; Beltejar, Chief Supt. Billy Beltran of PRO9 in Western Mindanao; Javier; Chief Supt. Manny Gaerlan of PRO11 in Southern Mindanao; and Chief Supt. Bax Felix of PRO13 in Caraga region.
     
Members of the same Class who are retiring in 2018 are the following: my basketball teammate Chief Supt. Sonny Phillipps of the PNP Headquarters Support Service (December 29); Chief Supt. Jonathan Ablang (October 29);  Beltran (October 9); Mayor (September 24); Quenery ( September 12); Apolinario (August 31); Gaerlan (August 18); Chief Supt. Frank Mabanag, the DRDA of PRO2 in Cagayan Valley (July 2); and my fellow Riders Chief Supt. Sheldon Jacaban, the new PNP Aviation Security Group director (January 30); and Chief Supt. Ed Tinio (January 24).
    
Retiring in 2019 are Chief Supt. Ed Garado (January 22): Chief Supt. Arnold Gunnacao, currently the deputy director of the PNP Directorate for Plans (February 10); Chief Supt. Rolly Nana of the National Capital Region Police Office; Chief Supt. Marlo Chan (March 20); Chief Supt. Benjie Hulipas (April 15); Pimentel (May 9);
    
Chief Supt. Erik Velasquez, the deputy director of the Directorate for Police-Community Relations (September 7); Chief Supt. Eric Reyes, the deputy director of the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (September 13); the Class ‘favorite’ Chief Supt. Dennis Siervo of the Human Rights Affairs Office (October 7); Felix (November 13); Chief Supt. Danny Macatlang Jr. (December 22); and Chief Supt. Bart Tobias (December 26).
        
The two youngest members of the Class are Lusad, and long-time friend, Chief Supt. Regie Catiis, a former PNP Finance Service director who will be the last member of ‘Sandiwa’ to retire from the police force, January 5, 2020 to be exact.
       
Apolinario or ‘Apol’ to many used to be with the National Capital Region Police Office before he was designated as PRO4-B director before the May 9 presidential elections. I was told that during his younger days, Apolinario was designated as Davao Oriental police director but his appointment was rejected by the governor. He went on to become a Davao City police director and just like de la Rosa, partnered with Mayor Duterte in crushing criminality in the city.
    
A son of another Peemayer who became a Navy official, ‘Apol’ is also a brother to Chief Supt. Tomas Apolinario of PMA Class 1987. After graduation from Fort del Pilar, he joined the Regional Special Action Force assigned in Central Luzon and became a chief of police of San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija. ‘Apol’ is also no stranger to the PNP comptroller’s family, he having occupied some key positions in the PNP Directorate for Comptrollership.
       
‘Apol,’ I was informed belongs to the famous ‘Charlie Company of the PMA, the company that produced officers like  Gunnacao, Chavez, Phillipps, Jacaban and Chief Supt. Oca Albayalde of PMA Class 1986 as well as PNP chief, Gen. Ric Marquez of PMA Class 1982 and newly-retired Director Boy Vaño of PMA Class 1983. To the uninformed, two members of the Class are former Army officers-Aquino and Balagtas who formed part of Cory Aquino’s Presidential Security Group in 1986 before they joined the PNP in 1991.
    
The ‘Sandiwa’ has produced top intelligence officers like Phillipps as well as ‘warriors’ in the field like Gunnacao, Pimentel, Mabanag, Tinio, Mayor, Beltran and Lusad. Shortly after their graduation from Fort del Pilar, I learned that 10 members of PMA Class 1985 namely Gunnacao, Mabanag, Gaerlan, Beltran, Velasquez, Felix, Catiis, Capa and now retired officers Dennis Cacanindin and Alfred Siwa joined the elite Special Action Force of the defunct Philippine Constabulary/Integrated National Police. Gunnacao spent seven years with the SAF while Bax Felix was there for five years.
    
The rest of the Class joined the Regional SAF like Mayor who honed his combat skills first in Quezon and Rizal provinces. Mayor was later transferred to Mindoro province where he and now retiring PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Deputy Director General Danny Constantino, a classmate at PMA Class 1982 of Gen. Marquez, fought insurgents and ruthless criminals and escaped near-death from the hands of the enemies.I’M referring to Chief Superintendent Robert Quenery whom many say is the  ‘luckiest’ member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Sandiwa’ Class of 1985 in the Philippine National Police nowadays, having been given three major positions since President Duterte came into power in July 2016, unlike some of his ‘mistahs’ who are literally being kept in the ‘freezer’ due to their perceived association with the Aquino and Roxas-led Yellows in the past.
    
Quenery was the Deputy Regional Director for Administration of the Cordillera Police Regional Office when he was designated as PNP Health Service director late last year. I was among the panel of judges when the brilliant officer presented his Unit’s performance governance report last February.
    
I told him that Congress and Palace should notice the Health Service’s predicament after writing a piece called “Wanted: World-Class PNP General Hospital.” He was in-charge of the unit when he was suddenly transferred as director of the PNP Aviation Security Group before the end of February.
    
Barely two months later, he would become the new director of the Police Regional Office 6 in Cagayan Valley following the relief of Chief Supt. Ely Rasco in the aftermath of two major New People’s Army attacks in the region. I’m hoping that under Quenery, Cagayan Valley policemen would try to put up a fight against the rebels even though they are outnumbered instead of just surrendering their weapons.
    
Retiring on September 12 next year, Quenery at present is one of the many PMA Class 1985 members holding key positions in the PNP which is headed by their underclassman, General Ronald ‘Bato’ de la Rosa of PMA ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986.
    
The highest-ranked of them is the PNP’s no. 2 man and Gen. Ronald ‘Bato’ de la Rosa’s ‘heir apparent,’, PNP Deputy Chief for Administration, Deputy Director General Ramon Apolinario followed by newly-promoted Director Greg Pimentel of the PNP Directorate for Intelligence. Apolinario will retire on August 31, 2018 while Pimentel on May 9, 2019 or two years from now, making him one of the youngest members of the Class. Another 2-star police general from the Class is PNP Special Action Force commander, Director Benjie Lusad who will be retiring on January 1, 2020.
    
At present, there are still 32 members of PMA Class 1985 who are still in the active service led by Apolinario. Six have already retired namely former PNP Inspector General, Director Alex Roldan (December 9, 2016); my good friend, Chief Supt Vert Chavez (last March 28); former Negros Island Region director, Chief Supt. Conrad Capa last August 29); former Region 11 Internal Affair Service director, Chief Supt. Pete Cabatingan (last December 18);  Chief Supt. Pedro Obaldo (last November 14); and Chief Supt. Wilson Caubat (last September 30).
    
Also retiring this year are Chief Supt. Pablo Balagtas of the peace process committee based in Camp Crame (December 1); Chief Supt. Ric Zapata of the Directorate for Information Communications and Technology Management (July 2); and another good friend, Chief Supt. Elmer Beltejar of the Police Regional Office 8 in Eastern Visayas (August 30). Incidentally, Beltejar’s daughter Vanel Andrea and nephew Jan Robert are among the country’s newest lawyers.
     
Other retiring members of the Class are  Chief Supt. JV Javier of the PRO10 in Northern Mindanao (June 23); Chief Supt. Rene Gumban of the PRO18 (this coming May 21); Chief Supt. Edwin Nemenzo of the Information and Communications Technology Service (August 25); Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino of the PRO3 in Central Luzon (September 6); and Senior Supt. John Santos of the PRO12 in Central Mindanao (July 7).
     
As I have previously written, in the event President Duterte appoints him, Apolinario will only have at least seven months to lead the police force after Gen. de la Rosa’s retirement. At present, there are eight PMA Class 1985 members who are PNP Regional directors namely Quenery, Aquino, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor of PRO4-B in Mimaropa region; Beltejar, Chief Supt. Billy Beltran of PRO9 in Western Mindanao; Javier; Chief Supt. Manny Gaerlan of PRO11 in Southern Mindanao; and Chief Supt. Bax Felix of PRO13 in Caraga region.
     
Members of the same Class who are retiring in 2018 are the following: my basketball teammate Chief Supt. Sonny Phillipps of the PNP Headquarters Support Service (December 29); Chief Supt. Jonathan Ablang (October 29);  Beltran (October 9); Mayor (September 24); Quenery ( September 12); Apolinario (August 31); Gaerlan (August 18); Chief Supt. Frank Mabanag, the DRDA of PRO2 in Cagayan Valley (July 2); and my fellow Riders Chief Supt. Sheldon Jacaban, the new PNP Aviation Security Group director (January 30); and Chief Supt. Ed Tinio (January 24).
    
Retiring in 2019 are Chief Supt. Ed Garado (January 22): Chief Supt. Arnold Gunnacao, currently the deputy director of the PNP Directorate for Plans (February 10); Chief Supt. Rolly Nana of the National Capital Region Police Office; Chief Supt. Marlo Chan (March 20); Chief Supt. Benjie Hulipas (April 15); Pimentel (May 9);
    
Chief Supt. Erik Velasquez, the deputy director of the Directorate for Police-Community Relations (September 7); Chief Supt. Eric Reyes, the deputy director of the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (September 13); the Class ‘favorite’ Chief Supt. Dennis Siervo of the Human Rights Affairs Office (October 7); Felix (November 13); Chief Supt. Danny Macatlang Jr. (December 22); and Chief Supt. Bart Tobias (December 26).
        
The two youngest members of the Class are Lusad, and long-time friend, Chief Supt. Regie Catiis, a former PNP Finance Service director who will be the last member of ‘Sandiwa’ to retire from the police force, January 5, 2020 to be exact.
       
Apolinario or ‘Apol’ to many used to be with the National Capital Region Police Office before he was designated as PRO4-B director before the May 9 presidential elections. I was told that during his younger days, Apolinario was designated as Davao Oriental police director but his appointment was rejected by the governor. He went on to become a Davao City police director and just like de la Rosa, partnered with Mayor Duterte in crushing criminality in the city.
    
A son of another Peemayer who became a Navy official, ‘Apol’ is also a brother to Chief Supt. Tomas Apolinario of PMA Class 1987. After graduation from Fort del Pilar, he joined the Regional Special Action Force assigned in Central Luzon and became a chief of police of San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija. ‘Apol’ is also no stranger to the PNP comptroller’s family, he having occupied some key positions in the PNP Directorate for Comptrollership.
       
‘Apol,’ I was informed belongs to the famous ‘Charlie Company of the PMA, the company that produced officers like  Gunnacao, Chavez, Phillipps, Jacaban and Chief Supt. Oca Albayalde of PMA Class 1986 as well as PNP chief, Gen. Ric Marquez of PMA Class 1982 and newly-retired Director Boy Vaño of PMA Class 1983. To the uninformed, two members of the Class are former Army officers-Aquino and Balagtas who formed part of Cory Aquino’s Presidential Security Group in 1986 before they joined the PNP in 1991.
    
The ‘Sandiwa’ has produced top intelligence officers like Phillipps as well as ‘warriors’ in the field like Gunnacao, Pimentel, Mabanag, Tinio, Mayor, Beltran and Lusad. Shortly after their graduation from Fort del Pilar, I learned that 10 members of PMA Class 1985 namely Gunnacao, Mabanag, Gaerlan, Beltran, Velasquez, Felix, Catiis, Capa and now retired officers Dennis Cacanindin and Alfred Siwa joined the elite Special Action Force of the defunct Philippine Constabulary/Integrated National Police. Gunnacao spent seven years with the SAF while Bax Felix was there for five years.
    
The rest of the Class joined the Regional SAF like Mayor who honed his combat skills first in Quezon and Rizal provinces. Mayor was later transferred to Mindoro province where he and now retiring PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Deputy Director General Danny Constantino, a classmate at PMA Class 1982 of Gen. Marquez, fought insurgents and ruthless criminals and escaped near-death from the hands of the enemies.