PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa yesterday approved a major reshuffle of key PNP posts which affected 12 star-rank officials, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
Named as new director of the elite PNP Special Action Group was newly-promoted Police Director Noli G. Taliño, of PMA “Maharlika” Class of 1984.
He replaced Director Benjamin M. Lusad, a member of PMA “Sandiwa” Class of 1985, who was named as new PNP Director for Integrated Police Operations-Southern Luzon.
Taliño, the erstwhile PNP Director for Human Resource and Doctrines Development, was replaced by another newly-promoted official, Director Cedrick G. Train, a lawyer from PNP Academy Class 1984.
Train, the erstwhile PNP Director for Integrated Police Operations-Western Mindanao was replaced by erstwhile PNP Director for Police-Community Relations, Director Noel G. Constantino, another PMA Class 1984 member.
Director Eduardo Serapio M. Garado, the PNP Director for Integrated Police Operations-Southern Luzon, was designated as the new director of the PNP-DPCR vice Constantino. Garado also belongs to PMA “Sandiwa” Class of 1985.
On the other hand, Chief Superintendent Elmo Francis O. Sarona, a lawyer-classmate of Gen. Dela Rosa from PMA “Sinagtala” Class of 1986, was named as new PNP Director for Investigation and Detective Management vice newly-retired Director Augusto M. Marquez Jr. of PMA Class 1984.
Another PMA Class 1986 member Chief Supt. Edward E. Carranza, of the PNP Health Service, was designated as new Cordillera Police Office director vice Sarona.
Chief Supt. Emmanuel Luis D. Licup, a member of PMA “Hinirang” Class of 1987, who used to be the Deputy Director of the PNP Directorate for Operations was named as the new Police Regional Office 4-B director in Mimaropa region vice Chief Supt. Wilben M. Mayor.
Mayor, a lawyer-member of PMA Class 1985, replaced Licup as the PNP Directorate for Operations number 2 man.
Another PMA Class 1985 member, Chief Supt. Robert G. Quenery, was named as new Police Regional Office 7 director in Central Visayas vice Chief Supt. Jose Mario M. Espino, a member of PMA Class 1986, who was designated as the new Police Regional Office 10 director in Northern Mindanao.
PRO10 director, Chief Supt. Timoteo G. Pacleb, another member of PMA Class 1986, was named as new PRO2 director vice Quenery.
Senior Supt. Ma. Antonietta C. Langcauon was named as officer-in-charge of the PNP Health Service vice Carranza.
Carranza was the official who had just been sworn in as the new PNP Aviation Security Group director last year when he was suddenly transferred to the PNP Health Service and replaced by Chief Supt. Sheldon G. Jacaban, of PMA Class 1985.
The reassignment order approved by Gen. Dela Rosa was signed by PNP Chief Directorial Staff Deputy Director General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa and PNP Director for Personnel and Records Management Director Rene O. Aspera.
It actually affected two members of PMA Class 1984, four classmates of PNP Deputy Chief for Administration, Deputy Director General Ramon C. Apolinario, four classmates of Gen. Dela Rosa, one member of PMA Class 1987 and one member of PNPA Class 1984.
Licup became the 3rd member of PMA Class 1987 to become a police regional director under the Duterte administration, the others being Chief Supt. Ma-o R. Aplasca, of Police Regional Office 4-A in Calabarzon region, and Chief Supt. Cesar Harthorne R. Binag, of PRO6 in Western Visayas.
Unaffected by the revamp yet were two members of PMA Class 1985 who have been in their posts for more than two years now -- Chief Supt. Manuel R. Gaerlan of PRO11 in Southern Mindanao and Chief Supt. Billy B. Beltran of PRO9 in Western Mindanao.
The Journal Group earlier reported that another shakeup of key PNP posts is in the offing in the next few days with the retirement of Marquez as PNP-DIDM director and Jacaban at the PNP-ASG this month. Marquez retired at the age of 56 last Tuesday while Jacaban will retire on January 30.
Another official, Chief Supt. Liborio P. Carabbacan of the PNP Center for Women and Children Protection Center will also retire this February 24.
There is still no word on who will replace Carabbacan, of PMA Class 1987.
Being evaluated are the performance of members of the different PNP Directorial Staff as well as directors of the 17 Police Regional Offices and heads of National Support and Administrative Units including those who have been occupying their posts for two years now, those who have been registering minimal performance in the campaign against drugs, criminality and corruption and those who have failed to address incidents of senseless killings in their jurisdiction.