DIRECTOR Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan, a hardworking classmate from Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 of newly-installed Philippine National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde and his predecessor, newly-retired Gen. Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa, is the new National Capital Region Police Office chief.
Gen. Albayalde said that Cascolan, the PNP director for operations, will be replaced by Police Regional Office 4-A director in Calabarzon region, Chief Supt. Ma-O R. Aplasca, a member of PMA ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987.
On the other hand, Aplasca will be replaced as PRO4-A regional director by his ‘mistah,’ Quezon City Police District director Chief Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar.
Chief Supt. Joselito T. Esquivel Jr., a member of PMA ‘Maringal’ Class of 1988, who is currently the Executive Officer of the PNP Directorate for Intelligence, will replace Eleazar at the QCPD.
Albayalde said the 1st round of the PNP reassignment he ordered was based on the evaluation of the officials’ performance when it comes to their respective jobs.
“Tinitignan namin ’yung history niya, kung ano ang experience niya, skills niya over the years simula nu’ng pumasok siya sa service,” he said.
Albayalde said that the changes has nothing to do with connection, like being classmates during their cadet days. “There’s always that pressure within classmates. Natural ’yun. But then again. I do not decide on my own. Merong oversight committee,” he said.
He also maintained that President Rodrigo Duterte did not meddle in the appointment of the police officials. “Sabi niya, hindi siya makikialam sa positioning ng mga tao. Sabi niya kung may tatawag diyan gamit ang pangalan niya, ’wag kang maniwala diyan,” he said.
A former Taguig City Police Station chief, Cascolan is expected to lead the NCRPO in the next four months only as he is being groomed to become the next PNP Chief Directorial Staff, the PNP’s 4th highest position when PNP deputy chief for administration, Deputy Director General Ramon C. Apolinario retires on August 31. Cascolan will retire on November 20, 2020.