PNP taps new spokesperson in reshuffle

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 22 2019 08:13 AM

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MANILA - The Philippine National Police will have a new spokesperson and information chief starting Tuesday as it reshuffled officials following the retirement of some of its leaders. 

Senior Supt. Bernard Banac will replace Chief Superintendent Benigno Durana Jr. as spokesperson of the 190,000-strong police force, according to a designation order dated Jan. 21. 

Durana meanwhile will head the Directorate for Police Community Relations. 

Banac's last assignment was assistant chief of the Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA). 

He previously served as Senior Executive Assistant to former PNP chief Director General Ricardo Marquez. 

Banac was also the provincial director of the Sorsogon police in 2014.

He also served as erstwhile chief of Diplomatic Protection Unit of the Police Security and Protection Group; technical adviser of the UN Police Arms Embargo Cell in the Ivory Coast, and operations and planning officer of a 2008 UN mission in Pristina, Kosovo. 

Banac is a member of the Philippine Military Academy's Tanglaw Diwa Class of 1992.