FOR the second time, President Duterte will extend the term of Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa after this coming April 21 giving the top cop ample time to lead the PNP’s reinvigorated war on drugs. Journal Group sources said he will be the country’s top cop until September 21.
“Because he enjoys my trust and confidence, I will extend his term for a little big longer, enough for reforms to get heard,” President Duterte told members of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. at the Palace Tuesday night.
The President did not say how much longer he wants to extend the PNP chief’s term anew but emphasized he wants Gen. dela Rosa to stay as PNP chief in order to ensure that massive reforms in the PNP are implemented.
‘’I would need somebody still to continue with the reforms so Gen. dela Rosa will have an extended term,” the Commander-in-Chief said.
Camp Crame observers said that with Dela Rosa’s second extension, it now appears that unless he is also extended by the President, PNP Deputy Chief for Administration, Deputy Director General Ramon C. Apolinario’s chances of becoming the next PNP chief has become dimmer.
Apolinario, a member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Sandiwa’ Class of 1985 will retire this coming August 31.
Gen. dela Rosa earlier identified Gen. Apolinario as among the senior PNP officers who could replace him when he leaves the police force. The others, he said, are his mistahs from PMA ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986, PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Deputy Director General Fernando H. Mendez Jr., PNP Chief Directorial Staff, Deputy Director General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, PNP Director for Operations, Director Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan and National Capital Region Police Office chief, Director Oscar D. Albayalde.
Mendez will retire on October 12, 2019; Gamboa on September 2, 2020; Cascolan on November 10, 2020; and Albayalde on November 8, 2019.