PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ricardo Marquez will step down two months ahead of his mandatory retirement on August 28 to give way to his successor, Chief Supt. Ronald dela Rosa.
Marquez said on Thursday he will retire on June 28.
At a news briefing in Camp Crame, Marquez said his decision will allow De la Rosa to acquire the rank of director general, the police equivalent of a four-star general in the military.
“Even before the election, I have said that whoever wins I will tender my courtesy resignation. I opted to retire early so that the incoming PNP Chief will be able to hold the four-star rank,” he explained.
With Marquez retiring two days before Duterte assumes office, Deputy Director General Francisco Uyami, who heads the directorial staff, may serve as officer-in-charge until Dela Rosa takes over the organization.
Aside from Marquez, another ranking police official, Deputy Director General Danilo Constantino, is also set to retire on June 24.
Marquez and Constantino belong to the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1982. Dela Rosa is a 1986 PMA graduate.
Only 11 members of PMA Class ‘82 remain active in the service, the youngest being Uyami.
The PNP has not filled the number 2 position in the organization, deputy chief for administration, since the retirement in March of Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo.