Second-in-command replacing 'Bato'? No official word yet, says PNP

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Posted at Dec 06 2017 08:24 AM | Updated as of Dec 06 2017 10:34 AM

PNP Chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa receives a plaque of appreciation from Atty. Edwin Bellen, Deputy Secretary for legislation after his speech as a guest speaker at the Philippine Senate. Junny Roy, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday that Malacañang has yet to tap the second-in-command of police chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa as his replacement, contrary to a news report. 

Deputy Director General Ramon Apolinario will supposedly replace Dela Rosa when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56 in January 2018, the Philippine Star reported Tuesday. 

The report said Superintendent Ercy Nanette Tomas, legal officer of the PNP Center for Police Strategic Management, made the announcement in a summit of the police advisory council in Cebu. 

"Wala naman pong official pang announcement," PNP spokesperson Chief Superintendent Dionardo Carlos told DZMM. 

(There is no official announcement yet. )

"We have the President and the presidential spokesperson to give that information," he added. 

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Apolinario was among 3 candidates considered by President Rodrigo Duterte to become the first PNP chief under his administration. Dela Rosa bagged the post because he was the most senior, Carlos noted. 

"Expected po na si Deputy Director Gen. Ramon Apolinario, isa sa mga gusto talaga ng ating Pangulo na mag-chief PNP," he said. 

(It is expected that Apolinario is among those eyed by the President to be PNP chief.) 

If Apolinario succeeds Dela Rosa, he will serve until his own retirement in August 2018, Carlos added.