President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has selected Gen. Camilo Cascolan as the next Chief of the Philippine National Police, beginning tomorrow, September 2, 2020.
Cascolan, who is currently the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, will replace Gen. Ronald dela Rosa, who was fired by President Duterte earlier this year after he made controversial remarks about the police force.
Dela Rosa had been appointed by former President Benigno Aquino III, but was later removed by Duterte. Aquino has not yet named his replacement.
The PNP has been under scrutiny since Dela Rosa was dismissed, with critics saying that the president can remove any officer he wants but could not fire Dela Rosa because he is too important to the force.
Dela Rosa has said that he will only stay until a new chief is appointed, which would mean that he does not want to continue in his post. However, earlier this year, the general told reporters that he might want to stay on if there is no one else qualified enough for the job.
CNN Philippines' Jeff Haines reported Wednesday that Dela Rosa is planning to file an injunction against the government over his dismissal.
(Xinhua) — Manila, May 5 (Xinhua) — According to Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has nominated Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar as the next chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Roque made the announcement on Friday at a press conference where he also announced the appointment of Major General Alan Purayahan as the new PNP director.
"President Duterte has already signed the order appointing Lt. Gen. Eleazar as the next PNP chief," said Roque.
He added that Lt. Gen. Eleazar, who is currently the PNP's deputy chief, will assume his new post on June 1 after being commissioned as a brigadier general in the country's army.
Purayahan, who is currently the PNP's assistant director for operations, replaces Director General Ronald dela Rosa, who was removed from his position earlier this month by President Duterte. Dela Rosa had been accused of interfering in the investigation into Davao City Mayor Paolo "Baby" Diaz, but he has denied these allegations.
Dela Rosa has also filed charges against Interior Secretary Eduardo Año and National Public Safety Commissioner Ronald Dela Rosa for alleged corruption during his time as head of the PNP's Criminal Investigation Division.
(Xinhua) — Manila, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) — According to Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte nominated Army Chief Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana as the next Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Wednesday (AFP).
Sobejana, who is currently the army's vice chief, has been appointed as the new chief effective after tomorrow (Thursday).
He will take over from Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal, who was appointed by former President Benigno Aquino III and confirmed by the Senate last August 30. Gen. Madrigal died in a helicopter crash near Mount Halcon in Agusan del Norte on January 26 while on official duty.
The appointment of the new army chief comes at a time when the country needs strong leadership as it faces growing threats from terrorism and insurgency.
As early as December 29 last year, then-Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced the resignation of Gen. Madrigal, citing health reasons. At that time, Lorenzana said Gen. Madrigal would be replaced by Vice Chief Sobejana, who will serve as the head of the armed forces until a new commander is named or appointed by the president.