“Sa mga natitirang hoodlum in police uniforms, sisiguraduhin ko sa inyo, you will hate me. Hindi ako magdadalawang-isip na magtanggal ng mga tiwaling pulis dahil sa laki ng sweldo na binibigay sa atin ng ating gobyerno at benepisyo, sigurado akong madaming gustong pumalit sa inyo,” newly-installed Philippine National Police (PNP) Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar said in his assumption speech as PNP chief.
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año today, May 7 led the PNP Change of Command and Retirement Ceremony in honor of outgoing PNP Chief Police General Debold Sinas at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center in Camp Rafael Crame, Quezon City.
Incoming PNP chief Eleazar succeeded Sinas as the 26th chief of the PNP and the 6th appointed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte under his term to lead the 220,000-strong national police force.
“Hailing from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987, Lt. Gen. Eleazar finished 4th in rank in his batch and held various leadership positions in the PNP organization spanning more than three (3) decades,” the PNP said.
According to PNP, Eleazar acquired his first star as Police Chief Superintendent on December 1, 2016 during his stint as Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director where he pursued unrelenting operations against illegal drug personalities and dismantled drug syndicates.
“He later on earned his second star as National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Regional Director in 2018 wherein under his leadership, the NCRPO was recognized for the first time as the overall ‘Best Police Regional Office’ given by the President during the 118th Police Service Anniversary in 2019,” the PNP added.
“It was during his stint as the PNP Chief of the Directorial Staff from October 2019 to January 2020 that he was promoted to his current rank of Police Lieutenant General,” it said. “Prior to his appointment as PNP Chief, Lt. Gen. Eleazar held the second highest post in the PNP as Deputy Chief for Administration on September 3, 2020 and as concurrent Commander of the PNP Administrative Support on COVID-19 Operations Task Force.”