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PNoy promotes 7 to police generals

  • Written by Alfred P. Dalizon
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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has approved the promotion of seven Philippine National Police generals.
   
Promoted to the rank of Police Director which is equivalent to a Major General in the Armed Forces are Director Wilfredo D. Franco, a classmate at Philippine Military Academy Class 1982 of Gen. Marquez and former PNP spokesman-turned-head of the PNP Directorate for Intelligence Director Generoso R. Cerbo Jr. of PMA Class 1984.
   
Promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent or a Brigadier-General in the AFP were new Chief Superintendents Jerome S. Baxinela of PNP Academy Class 1984; Elmer C. Beltejar, Pedro B. Cabatingan Jr., Conrado S. Capa, Arnold D. Gunnacao and Bartolome C. Tobias of PMA Class 1985 and Perpetuo F. Macion, a former Armed Forces reserve officer.
   
Baxinela is currently the Executive Officer of the PNP Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrines Development. Beltejar is the Executive Officer of the PNP Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Northern Luzon while Capa is the Executive Officer of the PNP DIPO-Visayas.
   
Gunnacao is the director of the PNP Highway Patrol Group while Tobias, a lawyer who also used to be a PNP spokesman is now the Special Projects Assistant of Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.
   
Cabatingan and Macion are both currently assigned with the PNP Internal Affairs Service. Cabatingan is the IAS director in Region 11 while Macion is the chief of the IAS Inspection and Audit Division.
   
Many officials hailed President Aquino’s decision to promote Capa whom he twice hit in his speech following the controversy generated by the relief of the police official as chief of the PNP Task Force Tugis shortly after his men captured most wanted fugitive Delfin Lee in Manila in March 2014. Lee was the alleged mastermind in a P6.6 billion Globe Asiatique scam.
   
"It’s a sign that the President is not a vindictive leader and we should praise him for that,” said a police official who noted Capa’s sad plight last year. The newly-promoted generals are scheduled to take their oath of office and don their new ranks before Gen. Marquez next week.
   
Gen. Marquez said that upon the instruction of President Aquino and Secretary Roxas he will be seeing to it that the PNP placement and promotion system will be strictly based on merit, competence and seniority.
   
“I have issued instructions to the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management to constitute a study group composed of representatives from all sources of Commission, with a Human Resources expert from the private sector, to work on the mechanics of a competency-based selection, placement and promotion system that is sustainable, fair and reliable,” Marquez said.
   
“I consider my appointment as the triumph of meritocracy, the recognition of 33 years of hard work, dedication and passion for public service. Therefore, it is but fitting that I make meritocracy the hallmark of my administration. I envision meritocracy in the PNP as a proverbial double-edged sword. Its first cutting edge addresses not only the imperative for excellence, but also the perceived bias against non-PMAyers for appointment to key positions,” the Chief, PNP added in reference to recent statements emanating from the ranks of PNPA alumni.
   
Marquez reiterated his position that there must be equal opportunities for everyone in the PNP regardless of the source of commission as well as gender.