IMAGINE life in the Philippine National Police without a Peemayer? I’m saying this after accidentally stumbling upon several past records which showed that as of July 2016 or the day our dear Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte took over the presidency, there were only 250 Peemayers in the PNP with 28 of them led by PNP chief General Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa, set to retire this year.
Since that date, 10 senior PNP officers from PMA ‘Sandigan’ Class of 1982 have already retired, among them my friends, Generals Benjie Magalong, Vic Deona, Jun Cruz, Willy Franco and Frank Uyami and my former basketball teammates Bay Layon and Noel Vargas.
Last December 12, the last member of PMA ‘Matikas’ Class of 1983 in the PNP, my friend,Gen. Manny Felix retired. Other friends from PMA Class 1983 who are now Private Citizens are Generals Alex Ignacio, Rene Ong, Asher Dolina, Abe Villacorta, Ferdie Yuzon, Popong Felix, Roland Vicente, Rolly Asuncion, Denden Peña, Keith Singian, Boy Vaño, Arrazad Subong, Jet Villacorte, Tom Bañas, Jun FLorece and Bert Supapo. Add to the list my ‘compadre’ Poch Lucban and Pet Retirado.
There were 24 members of PMA ‘Maharlika’ Class of 1984 as of July 12, 2016 but since then 12 have already retired. They are my friends Generals Moro Lazo, Gene Cerbo, Gani Nerez, Artie Sindac, Ronald Estilles, Nes Quinsay who is now a top DILG official, Ronald Santos, Pierre Bucsit, Noel Armilla and Danny Maligalig. Another is Gen. Joel Pagdilao who is actually set to retire this coming September 8 only. There were 38 members of PMA ‘Sandiwa’ Class of 1985 who are in the police force as of July 2016—they actually are the biggest in the PNP- but some of them have already retired to date. They include my friends, now retired Generals Vert Chavez, Boyet Balagtas, Elmer Beltejar, Pete Cabatingan, Conrad Capa and Rene Gumban. Add to them Gen. Ed Tinio who will be marking his 56th birthday this coming January 24.
I learned that Peemayers in the PNP will be on the verge of extinction nine years from now. In fact, another 28 of them are retiring this year. The retirement of the 28 will also open a floodgate for promotion of new police star-rank officials this year from the PNP chief down to the ranks of Deputy Director General which is equivalent to a Lieutenant General in the Armed Forces; Director or a Major General in the AFP and Chief Superintendent, a rank equivalent to an AFP Brigadier General.
For the record, the youngest police official from the PMA is Senior Superintendent Jose Melecio Nartatez Jr., a member of PMA ‘Tanglaw Diwa’ Class of 1992 who will retire from the service at the age of 58 on March 19, 2027 or about a year before President Duterte’s successor leaves the Palace after a six-year term.
This year, six members of PMA ‘Maharlika’ Class of 1984; nine from PMA ‘Sandiwa’ Class of 1985; eight from PMA ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986; and five from PMA ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987 will retire from the PNP.
It should be noted that since the PNP was created in 1991, there were already 21 PNP chiefs—the 21st of them being Gen. dela Rosa. These Peemayers underwent professional military training, character development, leadership, and physical training at the famed Fort del Pilar in Baguio City with many of them gaining fame in their own respective field.
(To be continued)