Eeny, meeny, miny, moe! Bato picks his top 5 possible successor

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Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has named five high-ranking police officials who are eligible to assume his post.

Dela Rosa revealed the names to media when he attended the 2018 Philippine Military Academy Alumni Homecoming in Baguio City on Saturday.

The five are: Police Deputy Director General Ramon Apolinario, Police Deputy Director General Archie Gamboa, Deputy Chief for Operations-Police Deputy Director General Fernando Mendez, Director for Operations-Police Director Camilo Cascolan and National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar Albayalde.

“‘Pag nagusap kami ni Presidente, lahat ‘yan ng mga 3-star, lahat ng mga 2-star, lahat ng 1-star, they are all capable of becoming the chief PNP, they’re eligible,” Del Rosa explained.

“Pero kung personal mag-endorse ako ng pangalan sa kanya, tinatanong niya ko pero wala pa akong masabi sa kanya. Maniguro din ako dahil sabihin mo na kahit mistah mo yung i-eendorso mo, mamaya magkamali ka pagdating don, papalpak ‘yan doon sa taas, ‘pag siya na nakapwesto, ako sisishin ni Presidente,” he added.

President Duterte earlier said in one of his speeches that he has chosen Apolinario as Dela Rosa’s replacement.

However, no official announcement has been made yet by the President neither an official appointment papers from the Palace has been released.

Dela Rosa, who belongs to Sinagtala Class of 1986, had to extend his term of duty upon the order of the President.

He was supposed to retire last Jan. 27 when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 56 but was told to stay in his post for another two to three months.

“Mahirap man din kung sinabi ni Presidente na wala pa akong nakitang pwedeng ipapalit sayo, extended ka muna tapos aayaw ako? Eh ingrato ako pagdating sa punto na ‘yan,” he said.

“Sasabihin ni Presidente, porket napagbigyan na kita, ginawa na kitang chief PNP, buong pagkapulis mo, I have been by your side, I have been at your back, I have been supporting you, ngayong patapos ka na, gusto mo na kaagad mag-relax, iiwan mo na ako dito, ayaw mo na akong tulungan. That’s so inggrato for me, ‘pag gagawin ko ‘yan,” he added.