By Aaron Recuenco
Director Camilo Pancratius Cascolan, one of the contenders for the top police post, has been designated as the next chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) in an initial revamp following a change of leadership in the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Cascolan is a classmate of newly-installed PNP chief Director Oscar Albayalde—from Philippine Military Academy Class 1986 where retired national police chief Ronald dela Rosa also belongs.
“I will be replaced by Director Cascolan at the NCRPO. He is qualified and he performs well,” said Albayalde.
The position that would be left by Cascolan as head of the Directorate for Operations will be assumed by Chief Supt. Mao Aplasca, a member of the PMA Class 1987.
Aplasca will be replaced by Chief Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar as regional director of the CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) regional police while Senior Supt. Joselito Esquivel will assume the leadership of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) which will be vacated by Eleazar.
“The reshuffle was triggered by my appointment as PNP chief,” said Albayalde.
The official, however, was quick to clarify that he was not pressured to appoint Cascolan as NCRPO chief amid rumors that it was supposed to be Eleazar who would be named as his replacement.
“I do not decide on my own. I have an oversight committee. We deliberate on the performance of our people even my classmates who have a history of experience and skills over the years when they entered the service,” said Albayalde.
The NCRPO post is the most coveted position among senior police officials, as it usually serves as a stepping stone to become the country’s top cop.
Aside from Albayalde, among the former NCRPO director who became PNP chief are Alan Purisima, Avelino Razon, and Nicanor Bartolome.
Cascolan was among the top contenders to replace dela Rosa as he was assigned in the Davao region as director of Compostela Valley.