PNP reshuffle: Eleazar now directorial staff chief, Sinas new NCR police head
Robie de Guzman • October 11, 2019 • 1733
MANILA, Philippines – National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Major General Guillermo Eleazar has been designated to chief of the Directorial Staff of the Philippine National Police (PNP) following a major reshuffle of police key posts.
The promotion places Eleazar as the number four highest official in the PNP.
The reassignment was triggered by the retirement of PNP deputy chief for administration, Lt. Gen. Fernando Mendez on Friday, Oct. 11.
Mendez will be replaced by Police Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, who is currently the deputy for operations.
Police Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan, who is the current chief of the directorial staff, will take over the post soon to be vacated by Gamboa.
Eleazar, Gamboa and Cascolan have earlier been reported as front runners to replace PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde, who is set to retire on November 8.
Central Visayas Regional Director BGen. Debold Sinas will replace Eleazar as head of the NCRPO.
The PNP said the new designations will take effect on October 12. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
Former lawmaker Ruben Ecleo Jr., who was arrested on Thursday (July 30), is also believed to have been involved in the murder of his slain wife’s relatives, according to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).
NCRPO Director PMGen. Debold Sinas said they received information that aside from being the tagged in the murder of his wife, Alona Bacolod Ecleo, Ecleo may also be involved in the murder of the father, mother, and siblings of his wife in 2002.
“May kinalaman siya but the case was not filed unlike iyong sa asawa niya. But everybody knows doon sa Cebu, na siya ang prime suspect (He is involved but the case was not filed unlike in the case of his wife. But everybody in Cebu knows he is the prime suspect),” he said.
However, Ecleo has denied the allegation.
“Wala. Hindi po, hindi ko alam po, (No, I do not know anything),” he said.
Ecleo was arrested in Pampanga on Thursday and is charged with parricide for the murder of his wife in January 2002. He is also facing graft charges for an anomalous project when he was still the mayor of San Jose, Surigao Del Norte. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
Four members of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) perished in a helicopter crash in Cauayan City, Isabela on Thursday (July 23).
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said five personnel were onboard the Huey Helicopter. They were conducting proficiency training for night flying in the vicinity of the Tactical Operations Group-2 area in Cauayan City when the accident happened.
“The two pilots, the other officer, and one of the two aircrew perished. The other airman survived the crash and is now undergoing treatment,” the AFP said in a statement.
The names of the victims are withheld until their relatives have been notified, the AFP added.
Meanwhile, AFP Chief General Felimon Santos, Jr. expresses deep grief and extends condolences and prayers to the families and colleagues of the airmen who perished in this air operations mishap. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is urging protesters planning to hold rallies on the day of President Rodrigo Duterte’s 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) to just stage their protests online.
PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa said the PNP is always at maximum tolerance and reiterated that everyone is entitled to freedom of expression.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, mass gatherings are discouraged to prevent the further spread of the virus.
“Nakikiusap lang kami na kung pwede (We are only asking if it would be possible to) just do it online because these are not ordinary times,” he said.
Gamboa also said they are coordinating with militant leaders to urge them not to hold street protests. He also assured that the PNP has prepared the security for the 5th SONA of the president.
“So ngayon ang mga traffic at security plan within and outside of the Batasang Pambansa ay firmed up na po at itong Wednesday magkakaroon kami ng final conference regarding po dito sa security preparations, (For now the traffic and security plans within and outside of the Batasang Pambansa has been firmed up. This Wednesday we will have a final conference regarding security preparations),” according to PNP Director and Directorate for Operations PMGen. Emmanuel Licup. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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