I DOFF my hats to my friends, Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde and National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Gilor Eleazar who last Saturday got the recognition not only from a grateful Filipino nation but from their fellow Philippine Military Academy graduates.
This after the two officers and gentlemen received the prestigious Cavalier Award –the highest award being given to an outstanding Peemayer—from the PMA Alumni Association, Inc. which is a testament to their capabilities. The award was given during the PMA alumni homecoming held at the sacred PMA grounds in Fort del Pilar in Baguio City.
Both known to be good family men, Gen. Albayalde, a member of PMA ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 received the Cavalier Award for Command and Administration while Eleazar of PMA ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987 got the Cavalier Award for Operations.
The PNP Chief was honored for his relentless campaign versus illegal drugs, criminality and rogue policemen, a three-pronged policy initiated by his mistah-turned May 13, 2019 senatorial candidate, retired Gen. Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa, reducing to a record level the crime volume in the country since the start of the Duterte administration in July 2016.
“As Metro Manila’s Top Cop, PDG Albayalde strictly implemented practical programs for crime prevention and suppression, an intensified campaign against criminality and illegal drugs, and a sustained internal cleansing of NCRPO’s ranks which proved to be an answer to the worsening crime situation in Metro Manila,” the PMA said.
As PNP Chief, he focused his leadership on achieving a truly disciplined organization while implementing a massive internal cleansing program anchored on firm discipline and respect for oneself and the public,” the PMA added.
Eleazar was given the honor for leading the NCRPO’s most successful battle against illegal drug trafficking and abuse when he was still the Quezon City Police District director; his neutralization of big criminal groups in the whole of Metro Manila; and his strict internal cleansing policy and swift response to all matters being forwarded to him.
The NCRPO chief attributed his success to both Generals dela Rosa and Albayalde. “I humbly accept this award with so much appreciation and gratitude for the trust and guidance given me by then PNP chief PDG Ronald “Bato” dela Rosaand our current PDG Oscar D. Albayalde,” he said after receiving his Cavalier Award.
He also clearly stated he is ‘simply implementing the macro policies of our Chief PNP on a micro level in the posts I am assigned to.” Eleazar used to be an outstanding director of the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group in 2016, transforming the unit into one of the PNP’s success stories when it comes to fighting cyber-criminals with the help of the public.
After being designated as QCPD director in July 2016, Eleazar mounted an unrelenting campaign against illegal drugs and all other forms of criminality as well as rogues in uniform in Q.C. By late 2017, QCPD was chosen as the Most Trusted NCRPO District, a National Police Commission survey said.
In April 2018, he was designated as Police Regional Office 4-A director in Calabarzon region where he immediately made his mark before being transferred to the NCRPO. As Metro Manila police chief, he transformed the NCRPO into the best police region when it comes to fighting illegal drugs and scalawags in uniform.
With Eleazar as part of the Team NCRPO, the metropolitan police force which was also previously headed by Gen. Albayalde and his classmate Gen. Pikoy Cascolan, now the PNP Chief Directorial Staff, registered a 54 percent index crime reduction since July 2016, the region experienced a 54% index crime reduction for the first 30 months of this administration (July 2016 – Dec. 2018) versus the last 30 months of the previous administration (Jan. 2014 –June 2016); and a 21 percent crime drop in 2018 from 2017.
Tomorrow, Eleazar will also be feted by the Metrobank Foundation in its annual Awards For Continuing Excellence in Service (ACES), a prestigious tradition of citing outstanding police personnel for their exemplary and noble work in crime prevention and crime solution.
Kudos too to the other recipients of the Cavalier Award which is the highest recognition given to Peemayers or PMA graduates who have distinguished themselves with their outstanding achievements in their respective fields bring pride and honor to the country’s top military institution.
The winners are selected by a PMAAAI board of judges which screens the candidates before they are finally given the highest recognition that can be given by the Academy to its graduates worthy of emulation by others.
On the other hand, Eleazar, a native of Tagkawayan, Quezon was conferred the Cavalier Award for his unrelenting campaign against illegal drugs and organized crime when he was still the QCPD director.
“He pushed a relentless drive against illegal drugs and other forms of criminality in Quezon City, getting big criminal groups along the way. By late 2017, QCPD was chosen as the Most Trusted Police District per Napolcom surveys,” the PMA said.
Nine other PMA alumni also received the PMA Cavalier Award. They are Ronnie Gil Gavan of PMA Class 1993 for Coast Guard Operations; Philippine Army Sniper Task Group Commander Harold Nemeño of PMA Class 1998 for Special Operations; SEAL Unit commander Gilbert Villareal of PMA Class 1998 for Naval Operations; Ramon Flores of PMA Class 1994 for Army Operations;
Air Force 5th Fighter Wing Director for Operations Rolando Peña III of PMA Class 1997 for Air Operations; Director Leo Angelo Leuterio of PMA ‘Maringal’ Class of 1988 for Alumni Affairs; Jesus Lomeda Jr. of PMA Class 1980 for Special Field; Fernando Mesa of PMA Class for Public Administration and retired Police Director Luizo Ticman of PMA Class 1976 for Private Enterprise.
Leuterio is currently the deputy head of the PNP Internal Affairs Service while Ticman used to be a former PNP Director for Logistics. His classmates include former PNP chief Jesus A. Verzosa. My congratulations to all.