Duterte yet to name new PNP chief

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 16 2019 12:46 AM

MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte did not name a new chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to replace Gen. Oscar Albayalde at a joint military and police command conference in Malacañang Tuesday night.

Rumors swirled in Camp Crame earlier about the President possibly announcing his choice at the first command conference without Albayalde at the helm.

This means that Police Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa remains as officer-in-charge of the PNP until the President names Albayalde's replacement.

Gamboa remains one of the names in the shortlist, together with Police Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan and Police Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar.

Manila Police District (MPD) director Vicente Danao is also considered as possible dark horse because of his close relationship to the President.

Senator Bong Go earlier said the President will announce his choice on Oct. 29.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año is also set to submit a shortlist for chief PNP to the President this week.—Report from Raffy Santos, ABS-CBN News