President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (MNS Photo)

MANILA, May 6 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar as the new chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Malacañang announced on Wednesday.

“We confirm that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed the appointment of PLTGEN Guillermo Eleazar as the new chief of the Philippine National Police,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press statement.

Eleazar will replace PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas who will retire on May 8 after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.

On Friday, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said he had submitted to Duterte a one-man list for consideration on who would lead the 200,000-strong police force.

Roque wished Eleazar the best as he leads the PNP.

Roque said the Palace is confident that Eleazar is capable of leading the police force.

“Gen. Eleazar’s track record of professionalism, dedication, and integrity speaks for itself. We are therefore confident that he will continue the reform initiatives of his predecessors and lead the police organization to greater heights,” he said.

Before his new stint, Eleazar served as the PNP deputy chief for administration.

Eleazar belongs to the Philippine Military Academy “Hinirang” Class of 1987.

Eleazar also served as chief of the PNP Directorial Staff.

He also became the director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), the Quezon City Police District, and the Police Regional Office 4-A (Calabarzon).

Eleazar gained popularity for imposing strict discipline on policemen when he was Metro Manila’s top cop, punishing erring cops, and rewarding cops who made the police organization proud. (MNS)

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