Philippines' Duterte names Guillermo Eleazar as new national police chief

MANILA, May 6 (Xinhua): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar as the new chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Wednesday night (May 5).

Eleazar, currently the PNP deputy chief of administration, will replace the highly controversial PNP chief General Debold Sinas who will retire on May 8.

"Eleazar's track record of professionalism, dedication, and integrity speaks for itself. We are therefore confident that he will continue the reform initiatives of his predecessors and lead the police organization to greater heights," Roque said in a statement.

Eleazar, a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy, held several positions in the PNP, including deputy chief of administration and regional director of the National Capital Region Police Office.

Eleazar is the 6th PNP chief under the Duterte administration.

He was chosen by the commander-in-chief, President Rodrigo Duterte, “based on seniority, merit, service reputation and competence to lead the police force, ” according to Interior Secretary Eduardo Año who supervises the police force. - Xinhua

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