President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar as the next chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, replacing Gen. Debold Sinas.
Eleazar and Sinas will conduct the turnover rites for the PNP leadership on Friday (May 7).
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año also confirmed the appointment of Eleazar as the next PNP chief.
“Gen. Eleazar’s track record of professionalism, dedication, and integrity speaks for itself. We are therefore confident that he will continue the reform initiatives of his predecessors and lead the police organization to greater heights. All the best to Gen. Eleazar as the new PNP Chief,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.
Eleazar is the current PNP deputy chief for administration and will serve as the national police chief until November this year, as he will reach the mandatory retirement age of 56. Eleazar and Sinas both belong to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Hinirang” Class of 1987.
The next PNP chief also led the Joint Task Force Covid Shield that imposes quarantine rules and protocols, and was the chief of the National Capital Region Police Office.
Año said Eleazar is the best choice to lead the 220,000-strong PNP, describing him as “very qualified for the job” and was the only one recommended by the National Police Commission (Napolcom) to succeed Sinas.
“Through a Napolcom resolution, Eleazar was recommended to be the next PNP chief based on seniority, merit, service reputation, and competence to lead the police force,” Año pointed out.
“I expect Lt. Gen. Eleazar to lead the PNP organization to greater heights amidst the pandemic during these challenging times,” the DILG chief added.
Año will lead the PNP turnover ceremonies scheduled on Friday, May 7.Eleazar will retire this November when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56. SOVEREIGNPH