Alfred Dalizon

Changes coming to PNP as Gen. Marbil tells men to focus on real job

April 23, 2024 Alfred P. Dalizon 342 views

I’M referring to expected changes in key Philippine National Police posts to be undertaken by PNP chief General Rommel Marbil in the new few days with the retirement of a number of senior officials.

The new designations will come even as Gen. Marbil on record became the 1st top cop to order the discontinuation of the PNP P.A.T.R.O.L. Plan 203 and other compliances of the Center for Police Strategy and Management as the police force will now simply do what is being demanded from them by the PNP leadership in particular and the Filipino people in general.

The PNP P.A.T.R.O.L. which is short for Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding the Rule of Law Plan 2030 and other CPSM compliances will come to an end in accordance with the provisions of existing laws, rules and regulations as police will now do away with too much paper work and concentrate on their real job which is to keep peace and order and enforce the law in the streets, I was told.

Some police advisers have resented the PNP chief’s move although officials close to Gen. Marbil told me that the top cop really wants their men to stick to their duties and not be burdened by unnecessary reportorial requirements from Camp Crame which is now banking on modern technology when it comes to reporting, thus less paper work and tons of bond papers and ink.

The simple, the better as long as the police force works like a well-oiled machine and does their job properly in accordance with the rule of law and other prescribed PNP rules and regulations, a police general told me.

The top cop is set to name a new Director for Personnel and Records Management, a new PNP Civil Security Group director, a new Police Regional Office 11 director in Southern Mindanao and a new PNP Area Police Command-Western Mindanao deputy director with the retirement of their respective heads.

The erstwhile PNP-DPRM head, my friend Major Gen. Belli Tamayo of Philippine Military Academy ‘Tanglaw-Diwa’ Class of 1992, retired from the police force last April 18 while there is still no official announcement on who will be the new PNP-CSG director vice Major Gen. Neil Alinsangan.

Alinsangan, a former PRO9 director in Western Mindanao and later head of the Directorate for Information Communications and Technology Management briefly held the top PNP-CSG post from March 26 until he was recently designated by Gen. Marbil, his classmate from PMA ‘Sambisig’ Class of 1991 as the new PNP Comptroller.

Gen. Marbil is also set to designate a new PRO11 director vice Brig. Gen. Alden Delvo, a lawyer-member of PNP Academy ‘Patnubay’ Class of 1995 who will retire from the force on April 25 after leading the Southern Mindanao police force for more than 13 months, or since March 17, 2023.

The incoming PRO11 director would really up to a major challenge as he will be assuming the job of tracking down the elusive Kingdom of Jesus Christ spiritual leader Pastor Apollo Quiboloy as well as implementing the suspension order on Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib.

Tension has been gripping the provincial capitol of Davao del Norte as Jubahib has refused to vacate his office claiming the 50-day suspension order from Malacañang has no basis. Thus, the incoming PRO11 director has to work harder to get the two jobs done, his mission expected to be really tough since both Quiboloy and Jubahib are enjoying the trust and protection of former President Rodrigo Duterte.

The incoming PRO11 director also has to deal with real-time politics in the region which is homebase to FPRRD’s children led by Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio and two known FPRRD’s associates, former PNP chief-turned Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa and Sen. Bong Go, who used to be the former Davao City mayor’s special assistant.

Then there is the need to designate a new APC-Western Mindanao deputy director vice Maj. Gen. Victor Wanchakan of PNPA ‘Tagapagkalinga’ Class of 1991 who got the post on January 6, 2023 but will be retiring on April 26.

The retirement and transfer of senior PNP officials to other key positions is also set to have a major impact on the organization. Right now, there is still official replacement of APC-Northern Mindanao commander, Lieutenant Gen. Jon Arnaldo, another PMA Class 1991 who is now The PNP Chief Directorial Staff which is the 4th highest position in the 232,000-strong organization.

Lt. Gen. Arnaldo’s deputy at APC-Northern Luzon, Maj. Gen. Mafie Bazar of PMA Class 1992 was named as officer-in-charge of the unit with the designation of Arnaldo as PNP-TCDS last February 1.

Bazar, the APC-NL deputy commander since March 17, 2023 will retire from the police force this coming October 15 and won’t qualify for promotion to the next higher rank unless Congress finally approves the PNP Reorganization Bill which will make the retirement age for PNP uniformed personnel at 57.

It really would be a guessing game on who will be the members of the PNP Directorial Staff, National Operational and Administrative Support Units and Regional Directors who will be affected by the impending PNP reshuffle.

May the best men win.