Bartolome is new PNP chief

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

MANILA (Updated) -- Deputy Director General Nicanor Bartolome was named as the new chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Palace announced on Tuesday.

Bartolome, a former police provincial director of Tarlac, Aquino's province, will replace PNP chief Director General Raul Bacalzo, said deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte on Thursday.

Bacalzo is set to retire on September 9, six days before his actual retirement date on September 15, which is his 56th birthday.


President Benigno Aquino III will lead the change of command ceremony at the PNP multi-purpose center in Camp Crame at 10 a.m. Friday.

Deputy Director General Nicanor A Bartolome is the new Philippine National Police (PNP) chief. (PNP photo)

Before the Palace's formal announcement, Bacalzo already acknowledged the possible appointment of Bartolome as his successor.

Several senior police officials have conceded that Bartolome, who belonged to Philippines Military Academy (PMA) class ’80, would be the next PNP chief. His strong contender - -PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief Director Samuel Pagdilao Jr. -- also gave way to Bartolome.

Bartolome will leave his present duty as PNP’s chief of directorial staff.

He previously served as PNP spokesman and headed different key PNP units, including the Police Regional Office 4-A (Calabarzon) and the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), before he was designated as the PNP’s fourth-highest official.

Born in Gerona, Tarlac on March 16, 1957, he is married to pathologist Dr. Noemia D. Bartolome of the Department of Health, a union blessed with children Nicar Noemi and Nicanor III.

Bartolome served most of his junior officer years in central Mindanao, where his service was recognized.

For two years in a row in 1983 and 1984, Bartolome was chosen PC Junior Officer of the Year in Central Mindanao and PC Junior Officer of the Year (nationwide) in 1985.

He was designated company commander of the 480th PC Company based in Cotabato City at the height of the government campaign against bandits and outlaws in Central Mindanao in 1984 to 1986.

After serving six years in the field, he was given a teaching assignment as instructor at the PC Training Command in Silang, Cavite.

In 1988, Bartolome went back in Mindanao, this time, as chief of the Military Training Group in Parang, Maguindanao and later as group commander of the 480th Police Mobile Group stationed in Cotabato City until 1993.

During his 11-year combat duty in Mindanao, Bartolome earned 10 Military Merit Medals, seven Military Commendation Medals, 17 Medalya ng Kagalingan, a Bronze Cross Medal for bravery, two Medalya ng Kadakilaan for heroism, the Mindanao-Sulu Campaign Medal and the Anti-Dissident Campaign Medal.

Bartolome is also an active member of the PMA Alumni Association, Bantayog Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Camp Crame and the Toastmasters International.

During the turnover on Friday, President Aquino will present awards to Bacalzo, including a Medalya ng Katapatan sa Paglilingkod and Presidential Legion of Honor.

The President is also expected to give his statement regarding the outgoing and incoming PNP officials.

In a separate report, the outgoing PNP chief urged officers and staff to rally behind the new leadership to ensure continuity of command and effective management of the 140,000-strong national police force. (Jill Beltran/VR/Sunnex)

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