MANILA, Philippines — Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar has been designated as the next chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Malacañang said Wednesday.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Eleazar’s appointment as the next top cop.
He will replace Police General Debold Sinas who will retire on May 8.
“Gen. Eleazar’s track record of professionalism, dedication, and integrity speaks for itself,” Roque said.
“We are therefore confident that he will continue the reform initiatives of his predecessors and lead the police organization to greater heights,” he added.
In a separate statement, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año welcomed the appointment of Eleazar, whom he said is “very qualified for the job.”
Año, who chairs the National Police Commission, earlier said he only recommended one name to replace Sinas.
“Through a NAPOLCOM resolution, Eleazar was recommended to be the next Chief PNP based on seniority, merit, service reputation, and competence to lead the Police Force,” he said.
“I expect PLt Gen Eleazar to lead the PNP Organization to greater heights amidst the pandemic during these challenging times,” he added.
Eleazar thanked Duterte for choosing him as the next leader of the PNP.
“To be appointed as the Chief PNP is a rare opportunity, but come with the challenges of good leadership and meeting the high expectations of the Filipino people. I accept these challenges,” he said.
“I express my sincerest gratitude to our Commander-In-Chief, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, for choosing me to be among the instruments of his genuine intention of a having a well-disciplined and professional police force that could always be banked on in enforcing the law and in serving and protecting the Filipino people,” he added.
He also expressed gratitude to Año for “always believing in my capability to lead the more than 220,000-strong” police force.
“At higit sa lahat ay nagpapasalamat ako sa Poong Maykapal sa pambihirang pagkakataon na ibinigay niya sa akin upang pagsilbihan ang aking kapwa Pilipino,” he added.
Eleazar will serve as PNP chief for about six months before he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56 on Nov. 13.