NEWLY-designated Philippine National Police chief General Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan completed his Command Group—all his direct underclassmen from Philippine Military Academy ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987 following the rule of succession by seniority in the PNP hierarchy and due to vacancy in position.
The PNP chief also designated as new PNP Deputy Chief for Administration of the PNP’s no. 2 man was Lieutenant Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar while Lt. Gen. Cesar Hawthorne R. Binag will be the new PNP Deputy Chief for Operations.
On the other hand, as correctly reported by the Journal Group on Thursday, Major Gen. Joselito M. Vera Cruz, formerly the director of the PNP Directorate for Information Communications and Technology Management will be the 4th highest-ranked PNP official after he was designated as the new PNP Chief Directorial Staff.
Both Eleazar and Binag will be retiring in 2021: Eleazar on November 13 and Binag on May 24. Vera Cruz will retire on March 8, 2022 making him one of the two youngest members of his class in the PNP apart from Maj. Gen. Israel Ephraim T. Dickson who will be retiring on March 27, 2022.
Lt. Gen. Eleazar will also continue to serve as concurrent commander of the Joint Task Force COVID Shield while Binag will lead the Administrative Support to COVID Operations Task Force which was formerly headed by Gen. Cascolan.
Cascolan, who will turn 56 this coming November 10 also ordered a reshuffle of key PNP units which affected nine police generals in what has become his 1st order of the day when it comes to PNP positions.
Named to their new positions were Maj. Gen. Gilbert DC Cruz as new PNP Academy director; Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Luis D. Licup as new PNP Director for Comptrollership; Brigadier Gen. Alfred S. Corpus as new PNP Director for Operations; Brig. Gen. Roland J. Hinanay as new PNP Director for Personnel and Records Management; Major Gen. Jose Chiquito M. Malayo as new PNP Director for Integrated Police Operations-Northern Luzon; Brig. Gen. Bartolome R. Bustamante as new Police Regional Office 5 director in Bicol region; and Brig. Gen. Steve B. Ludan as new PNP Crime Laboratory director.
Licup, another member of PMA Class 1987 replaced Brig. Gen. Marni C. Marcos Jr. , a member of PMA ‘Maringal’ Class of 1988 who was reassigned to the Office of the Chief,PNP.
Licup’s former post as PNP Director for Operations was assumed by Corpus, another member of PMA Class 1987.
Cruz and Malayo merely swapped positions while Bustamante, a member of PMA ‘Makatao’ Class of 1989 replaced PRO5 director, Brig. Gen. Anthony S. Alcañeses, another member of PMA Class 1988 who retired yesterday at the age of 56.
Hinanay replaced Maj. Gen. Reynaldo G. Biay, a member of PMA Class 1986 who went on a ‘Non-Duty Status.’
PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard M. Banac said the upward movement of key personnel was triggered by the retirement of Alcañeses.
Gen. Cascolan is also expected to order another major reshuffle of a number of key PNP positions with the retirement of a number of senior officials this month and early next month.
Among them are new PNP Directors for Investigation and Detective Management; Human Resource and Doctrine Development and Research and Development and the PNP Civil Security Group.
PNP-DIDM head Maj. Gen. Elmo Francis O. Sarona will retire this coming September 10; Maj. Gen. Amador V. Corpus of the PNP-DHRDD who will retire on October 3 PNP-DRD head, Maj. Gen. Timoteo G. Pacleb will retire this coming September 23; while PNP-CSG director, Maj. Gen. Roberto B. Fajardo will retire on September 18.
Sarona, Corpus and Pacleb are all classmates of Gen. Cascolan from PMA Class1986 while Fajardo is another member of PMA Class 1987.
Gen. Cascolan is also set to designate a new PRO13 director in Caraga region with the retirement this coming September 17 of its director, Brig. Gen. Joselito T. Esquivel Jr., who will retire this coming September 17. Esquivel is also a member of PMA Class 1988.
Gen. Cascolan held his 1st command conference yesterday morning to announce his instructions to his men, a day after their scheduled command conference was postponed.
Cascolan is a known disciplinarian and operations and intelligence officer and is largely credited as the “architect” of Oplan: Double Barrel of the PNP or the national police’s campaign against illegal drug trafficking and abuse since the start of the Duterte administration in July 2016.