And the next PNP chief is…

Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte has announced that the former Philippine National Police (PNP) executive who was reportedly sacked for posting pro-Duterte campaigns on his Facebook account will be serving as the chief of the country’s police force during the next administration.

According to the incoming leader, Chief Superintendent Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa will replace Director General Ricardo Marquez as the chief of the nation’s 160,000-strong police force.

“In all probability, he will be,” Duterte said in an interview with reporters.

Prior to the announcement, rumors about Duterte’s choices for the new PNP chief went viral on both print and non-print reports; citing Dela Rosa, Chief Superintendent Ramon “Apol” Apolinario, and Senior Superintendent Rene Aspera as the possible choices.

Dela Rosa previously served as the chief of the Davao City police and the chief of the PNP’s Reactionary Standby Support Force. In 1986, he graduated from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), and at present, he serves as the executive officer of the PNP’s Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development.

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