PRESIDENT Duterte has approved the promotion of five star-rank Philippine National Police officials including National Capital Region Police Office chief, now PNP Director Oscar D. Albayalde.
Also promoted to the rank of 2-star police general were Director Manuel B. Felix of the PNP Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Western Mindanao and Director Augusto M. Marquez of the PNP Directorate for Integrated Police Operations.
Promoted to Chief Superintendent which is equivalent to a Brigadier General in the Armed Forces were Chief Supt. Timoteo G. Pacleb, the Deputy Regional Director for Administration of the Police Regional Office 4-A in Calabarzon region and Chief Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar of the Quezon City Police District.
Felix, a former director of the Police Security and Protection Group and once an officer-in-charge of the PNP Directorate for Logistics is the most senior among the five, he being a member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1983 followed by Marquez, a member of PMA Class 1984 who used to be a Police Regional Office 5 director in Bicol region.
Albayalde and Pacleb are both classmates at the PMA ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 of Gen. Dela Rosa while Eleazar belongs to PMA Class 1987. Albayalde and Eleazar are key figures in the ongoing crackdown against drugs in Metro Manila where since last July 1, around 12,000 known drug offenders have been arrested by the police without shots being fired since they did not put up any armed resistance.
The NCRPO chief said that during the past five months, less than 2,000 armed drug dealers in the metropolis have been killed in gunbattles with the local police too. Eleazar’s QCPD has scored the biggest number of armed drug suspects killed in firefights during anti-narcotics operations in Q.C. over the past five months.
The promotion of the five was approved by Duterte following a recommendation from the PNP Senior Officers Placement and Promotion Board and the National Police Commission.
All five took their oath of office before Gen. de la Rosa who exhorted them to further lead reforms in their respective units and make their own valuable contributions in the ongoing Duterte government’s crackdown against drugs and criminality.