By Genalyn Kabiling
The country’s former chiefs of the military and the police are coming out of retirement to assume two key positions in the Duterte administration.
President Duterte has formally appointed retired Armed Forces chief Rey Leonard Guerrero as Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) administrator and retired Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa as Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) director general, filling up posts that were vacant for months.
In the appointment paper signed last April 26, Guerrero, who retired from the military last month, will serve as MARINA head until July 11, 2022. He replaces Marcial Amaro III who was sacked by the President last January for excessive foreign travels.
Duterte earlier praised the “exemplary leadership” of Guerrero during the military turnover ceremony, saying he was leaving a stronger and better military as well as safer country during his short stint as AFP chief.
Guerrero, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1984, was appointed AFP chief of staff last October 2017. He was supposed to retire last December but the President extended his term until April 2018.
Former police chief dela Rosa, on the other hand, will take the place of BuCor director general Benjamin delos Santos who resigned last year amid reports of the resurgence of the illegal drug in the state penitentiary. De la Rosa’s appointment paper was signed by the President last April 30.
Also appointed by the President was Valfrie Tabian as deputy director of the Bureau of Corrections.
Duterte earlier commended Dela Rosa for his “exemplary career as a police officer and his successful tour of duty” as PNP chief. He said Dela Rosa had “visionary leadership” that helped steer the police to attain “unprecedented” accomplishments during his term.
Dela Rosa, a former chief of the Davao City Police, was appointed PNP chief in 2016. He was supposed to retire last January but the President decided to extend his service until April.
Meantime, the Palace also announced the appointment of new six new government prosecutors.
They are Roderick Aquino, Prosecutor I in the Office of the City Prosecutor – San Fernando City, La Union; Wallad Padate, Prosecutor II in the Office of the Regional Prosecutor – SOCCSKSARGEN; Jennifer Balboa-Cahig, Prosecutor III of the Office of the City of Prosecutor – Baybay City; Nikki Esperanza, Prosecutor III of the Office of the City Prosecutor – Bacoor City; Edgar Ambagan, Prosecutor IV of the Office of the City Prosecutor – Tagaytay City; and Victoria Cabrera, Prosecutor IV of the Office of the City Prosecutor – Dagupan City.