As the term of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde is nearing its end, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said on Friday it is “too early” to talk about who would be the next top police officer in the country.
“Mahirap pa pag-usapan ngayon ‘yan, napakaaga pa (That is hard to talk about, it’s too early). Marami pa tayong dapat gawin (We still have lot of things to do) now that we have started to gain [the] trust and confidence ng taumbayan (of the people),” Eleazar said in an interview with the ABS-CBN News Channel.
Eleazar is reportedly one of the top contenders to succeed Albayalde as PNP chief.
“At the end of the day, it will be the President (Rodrigo Duterte) who will decide,” he added.
“Whoever will occupy that pinakamataas na posisyon (highest position), everybody will support him just like what we have been doing. Lagi nating ginagawa ‘yan kung sino ang napipili ng ating Presidente (We have been doing that to whoever our President picked),” he added.
Albayalde is expected to retire in November when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.
Others who are rumored to succeed Albayalde are PNP Deputy chief for Operations Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa and Directional Staff chief Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan.
Like Eleazar, Albayalde was the former NCRPO director before replacing then-PNP chief and now Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.