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Former jeepney driver retires as top PNP spook

  • Written by Alfred Dalizon
  • Published in Nation
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THE head of the Philippine National Police Directorate for Intelligence yesterday silently bowed out from the service paying tribute to his family, colleagues and friends who remembered how the son of a jeepney driver worked his way to become one of the country’s most respected police generals.
“Today is my last working day at the PNP since it is holiday tomorrow, my 56th birthday. I retire after spending 38 years and eight days of dedicated service to God, country and people,” Director Charles T. Calima Jr. told People’s Tonight.
Calima refused a traditional parade at Camp Crame for his retirement and instead decided to spend his last day in active police service with his men, family and friends at the PNP Intelligence Training Group (PNP-ITG) compound in Camp Crame which holds a space in his heart.
“This is where I took up my Basic Intelligence Course in 1983 and that started my career as an intelligence officer,” he said of the place which is under the PNP-DI.
Calima thanked President Aquino, Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and PNP Officer-in-Charge, Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina for expressing full support on him over the past 15 months.
“I have gone full circle, retiring as the PNP Director for Intelligence. God has been so generous with His blessings. He has gifted me with a successful career, a wonderful family, great co-workers and real friends who I can count on through thick and thin,” he said.
There is still no official word on who will replace Calima although highly-reliable Journal Group sources said it could be Chief Superintendent Napoleon C. Taas, a member of PMA Class 1984 who joined the prestigious US West Point Academy. A seasoned intelligence officer, Taas is currently the director of the PNP Information Technology Management Service.
Calima, who became his father’s own ‘konduktor’ before working his way to become a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1981, was named as the PNP Director for Intelligence on December 2013. His classmates at PMA ‘Dimalupig’ Class of 1981 include Gen. Espina, resigned PNP chief, Director General Alan LM Purisima and PNP Chief Directorial Staff, Deputy Director General Marcelo P. Garbo Jr. He replaced another ‘mistah,’ Director Cipriano E. Querol Jr. as the PNP’s top spook.
Calima brought with him at the PNP Directorate for Intelligence a solid background in intelligence work. The former Police Regional Office 12 director used to be the director of the PNP Intelligence Group from April 2012 to January 11 this year. He also became the commander of the PNP Task Force Sanglahi, the main counter-terrorism unit of the police force from June 22, 2012 to last January 11.
He also used to be the chief of the PNP-IG Counter-Intelligence Office, was a former PNP-IG National Capital Region Office chief and head of the Police Regional Office 7 Regional Intelligence and Investigation Division.
Calima’s massive background on intelligence also saw him being the deputy for intelligence of the Criminal Investigation Command in 1995; an intelligence and investigation officer of the Cagayan Constabulary Command and acting intelligence officer of the Philippine Constabulary’s 61st PC Battalion in 1982.
Calima is a graduate of several courses on counter-terrorism and intelligence both here and abroad.  He attended a training course on counter-terrorism in Moscow, Russia in October 2012; a seminar on crisis management for senior officials in Washington DC, USA in September 2012; a workshop on integrating counter-terrorism strategies at national level under the auspices of the US anti-Terrorism Assistance Program in January last year; a seminar on preventing terrorist attacks on bus and rail systems again sponsored by the US Department of State’s Anti-Terrorism Program in 2011; a suicide bomber prevention workshop at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Bangkok, Thailand in February 2011; and a seminar for foreign senior police officers in Tokyo, Japan in June 2010.
He also topped a Basic Intelligence Course for PC/INP Officers at the defunct Constabulary Intelligence Training Center in Camp Crame in 1982; and a seminar on intelligence and investigation methodology conducted by the Australian Federal Police in Cebu in 1999.
Calima, who came from a poor family in Ili Norte, San Juan, La Union, is one of the few police generals who holds a string of doctoral and masteral degrees in the country.