FOR the first time in the history of the Philippine National Police (PNP), a single official will occupy the top four positions in the 160,000 man-strong organization this coming week, The Manila Times learned over the weekend.
Deputy Director General Francisco Uyami will occupy four posts with the upcoming retirement of several officials.
PNP chief Ricardo Marquez will step down on Tuesday, two months ahead of his mandatory retirement on August 28, 2016. Deputy Director General Danilo Constantino, the Deputy Chief for Operation, the number three spot in the police hierarchy, is also set to retire this week. Constantino is a member of the Philippine Academy (PMA) class of 1982.
With the retirement of Marquez and Constantino, Uyami will hold four positions before incoming PNP chief Ronald de la Rosa takes over the police organization on July 1, 2016.
Uyami will occupying for at least two days the apositions of PNP chief, deputy chief for administration, deputy chief for operation and Chief of Directorial Staff.
“I’m deeply thinking about all this… on how I could perform those positions,” Uyami said in an interview with Camp Crame reporters. He said it would be better if Marquez will name an officers-in-charge for the three top positions.
But the outgoing PNP chief said Friday he has no plans of appointing OICs.
Uyami gave assurances that even if the top three posts of the police force has yet to be filled, the basic functions of the police such as patrolling, investigation and the campaign against illegal drugs will continue.
Uyami, also a member of PMA Class 1982, said he has no plans of availing of the option of early retirement. He is schedule to retire on March 19, 2017.