Aquino govt grooming Barto for top PNP post?

AN INSIDER of the Philippine National Police (PNP) recently revealed that Director Nicanor “Barto” Bartolome, who heads the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) is the top personal choice of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to replace PNP chief Director General Raul Bacalzo, who is rumored to retire earlier.

“Director Bartolome is the personnal choice of the president to replace Bacalzo. In fact, the President and his elder sister were present when Director Bartolome celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary last month,” the source said.

But in the short term, however, Bartolome, (PMA Class 80) is likely to be promoted to take over the post of the chief of directorial staff, which is the 4th highest position in the PNP hiearchy and will be vacated by Deputy Director General Raul Castaneda, the PNP chief of the directorial staff, next week.

Hence, the PNP is set to implement a minor revamp that will affect several sensitive and top level positions in the police hierachy this month.

The impending revamp in the scandal-tainted police force will be triggered by the retirement of two senior police officials who hold top level positions, said PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr.

The two senior officials who are due to retire this month are Deputy Director General Perfecto Palad (PMA Class 77), the PNP deputy chief for administration, and Director Nilo dela Cruz (PMA Class 78), the chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

Several reliable sources in the PNP said Southern Tagalog Police director Chief Supt. Samuel Pagdilao Jr.  (PMA Class 79) is likely to take over the CIDG post, which will be vacated by Dela Cruz on April 7.

Pagdilao’s post in the Southern Tagalog region will be taken over by Chief Supt. Benjardi Mantele, (PMA Class 80), the chief of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD).

Chief Supt. Federico “Bobot” Laciste Jr., is reportedly likely to assume the QCPD post to be vacated by Mantele, the source added.

On the other, Palad, the second in line in the PNP hierarchy, is set to retire from the police service this coming April 15 and his soon-to-be-vacated post will be taken over by Castaneda. Anthony Vargas

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