Verzosa tells PNP: ‘Support Bacalzo’

A FEW hours before stepping down as chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Director General Jesus Verzosa yesterday  rallied the police force behind his successor, Deputy Director General Raul Bacalzo.

Versoza hailed the designation of Bacalzo as the new chief of the 130,000-strong police force.

Versoza, a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class ’76, is scheduled to retire on December 25 this year when he turns 56. However, he opted to retire earlier than scheduled reportedly to allow younger officers to move upward and occupy key posts.

Bacalzo, on the other hand, is a member of PMA Class ’77 and will retire on September 15, 2011.

President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino officially installed Bacalzo as the 16th PNP chief during turnover ceremonies in Camp Crame yesterday morning.

“Now that the President has appointed a new Chief PNP, I expect everyone to support the new leadership and carry on with the finest tradition of service, honor and justice in the Philippine national Police,” Verzosa said.

Verzosa cited Bacalzo’s sterling record of performance in all his command, staff and training assignments. He described Bacalzo as a humble person, a low-key operator and seasoned lawyer-investigator who always cracks any case assigned to him.

“He is a man of unsullied reputation who has never been involved in any serious controversy,” Verzosa said.  Anthony Vargas

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