Albayalde names possible successors as PNP chief

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde revealed on Wednesday, May 22, the three police officials whom he will recommend as his successor.

Albayalde identified Deputy Chief for Operations Archie Francisco Gamboa, Directorial Staff Chief Camilo Pancratius Cascolan and National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo Eleazar.

Gamboa and Cascolan are the two most senior police officials after Albayalde.

The PNP chief made the pronouncement after former police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, who was proclaimed as senator-elect on Wednesday, named the three officials as his bets for the top police post.

“I think we have the same list naman as General Bato Dela Rosa. Sila naman ang medyo senior at sila ang next in line besides kay General Eleazar who is class ‘87 pero sa performance niya (Eleazar), he will do good also the same as Cascolan at saka si General Gamboa,” said Albayalde.

Albayalde, who was named PNP chief on April 5, 2018, will reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 in November.

Prior to becoming PNP chief, Albayalde served as NCRPO chief and was known to conduct an inspection during unholy hours, dismissing officers who were caught sleeping or drinking liquor while on duty.

He also served as deputy director of the NCRPO's Directorate for Plans.

Albayalde, Gamboa and Cascolan are members of the Philippine Military Academy class 1986.

Gamboa will retire in September 2020 while Cascolan will turn 56 in November 2020. (Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo/SunStar Philippines)


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