MANILA — President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has named Lt. Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. as chief of the Philippine National Police, Malacañang said on Monday.
Azurin, a "well-rounded police officer, having served the PNP in various capacities, both in police operations and administrative work," is the next top cop, said Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles in a statement.
Azurin is currently the commander of the Northern Luzon Police Area, which covers the Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and Cordillera regions.
He previously commanded the Southern Luzon Police Area, and headed the PNP Directorate for Comptrollership and the Directorate for Information and Communication Technology Management in its headquarters in Camp Crame.
Azurin also served as the director of the PNP's Maritime Group and later became regional police director of Ilocos.
He was born in Paniqui, Tarlac and raised in La Trinidad, Benguet. He is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy class of 1989, according to Malacañang.
The 226,000-strong PNP said it would support its new leader.
"Under PLtGen Azurin's direction, we assure the public that our police force will sustain its momentum to carry out PNP’s mission and to deliver its mandate with utmost integrity, credibility and professionalism, all for safety and protection of our Filipino people," PNP Public Information Office chief BGen. Roderick Alba said in a statement.
Azurin will replace Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., who was named acting PNP chief a few days before the May 9 elections.
With the move, Danao reverts to his role as PNP's number 3 man as the Deputy Chief PNP for Operations.
PNP spokesperson Col. Jean Fajardo said there is still no date for Azurin's formal assumption into office. Marcos is expected to be the guest of honor and speaker at the change-of-command ceremony.