OFFICERS and men of the 195,000-strong police force are hoping that President Duterte will name the replacement of resigned Philippine National Police chief General Oscar D. Albayalde very soon amid the Commander-in-Chief’s recent pronouncement that “honesty” is the only standard he will be looking for when he chooses his 3rd national police chief.
At present, the PNP has an Officer-in-Charge in the person of Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, a lawyer-classmate from Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 of Gen. Albayalde.
Apart from Gamboa, his classmate, PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Lt. Gen. Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan and PNP Chief Directorial Staff, Major Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar have been named as the top three candidates to replace Albayalde who resigned ahead of his November 8 actual retirement date.
A 4th candidate is newly-installed Police Regional Office 4-A director Brigadier General Vicente D. Danao Jr., a former Davao City Police Office director known for his close association with the President. Danao, a member of PMA ‘Sambisig’ Class of 1991 was the Manila Police District director before he was designated as PRO4-A director in Calabarzon region last week.
Supposed to be, October 29 was the scheduled turnover of command at the PNP national headquarters but the event was postponed since President Duterte is yet to make up his mind on who will be the 23rd PNP chief and the 3rd police chief during his 3-year old presidency.
However, PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard M. Banac said that the PNP is continuing to function smoothly even without a permanent head since Lt. Gen. Gamboa is doing good.
However, the official said that being an OIC also has its setback.