PNP chief retiring later this month

DIRECTOR GENERAL Jesus Verzosa, National Police chief, is retiring mid-September, said Senior Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr., PNP spokesman.

Cruz said two other police generals, Directors Luizo Ticman, head of the directorate for logistics, and Abner Cabalquinto, chief of the directorate for records and personnel management, are also retiring.

The three are members of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1976.

Verzosa, who is scheduled for mandatory retirement on Christmas Day, earlier said he and his “mistahs” or classmates intended to retire early to allow officers from junior classes a chance to rise in the ranks and take over the helm of the PNP.

Early this week, Verzosa found himself embroiled in controversy when Cruz confirmed on Tuesday that the PNP chief had flown out of Metro Manila at the height of the August 23 hostage-taking incident that claimed the lives of eight Hong Kong nationals.

This was contrary to earlier statements that Verzosa had been at Camp Crame monitoring the situation.

A day after Cruz’s disclosure, Verzosa admitted he had gone to Cagayan de Oro on August 23, but said he remained “on top of the situation” and had been “assured” by ground commanders that they could handle the crisis. Anthony Vargas

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