Napolcom recommends promotion of Marquez to four-star general

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 16 2015 12:22 PM | Updated as of Jul 16 2015 08:22 PM

MANILA – The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has recommended the promotion of newly installed Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ricardo Marquez to four-star general.

Napolcom vice-chairman and executive officer Eduardo Escueta said the Napolcom en banc signed Resolution No. 2015-304 recommending the promotion of Marquez to the highest rank of Police Director General.

"The NAPOLCOM has determined that there is no legal impediment to the designation of Police Director Marquez to the position of Chief, PNP and his promotion to the highest rank of Police Director General," Escueta said.

He added that the Napolcom also certifies that Police Director Marquez has met all the requirements for designation to the position of Chief, PNP.

Marquez replaces PNP officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina who retires today.

The previous PNP chief, Alan Purisima, resigned from his post earlier this year following the Mamasapano tragedy. He has since been dismissed by the Ombudsman due to an anomalous courier service deal.

Prior to his appointment, Marquez served as head of the PNP directorate for operations. He also served as Region 1 police director during the 2013 elections.

Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said Marquez also helped in law enforcement operations during Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines last January.

Marquez thanked the President for appointing him as head of the 160,000-strong national police force.

He urged members of the PNP to contribute their share to strengthen the institution.