PNP spokesman Bernard Banac receives start-rank

Published July 18, 2019, 4:14 PM

by CJ Juntereal

By Aaron Recuenco

The spokesman of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has joined the long list of star-rank officers as he was promoted along with eight other officials.

Philippine National Police spokesperson Brig. General Bernard Banac . (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) / MANILA BULLETIN
Philippine National Police spokesperson Brig. General Bernard Banac. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez/ MANILA BULLETIN)

From colonel, Bernard Banac was promoted to Brigadier General following the approval of President Duterte.

Banac is the first among the members of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1992 to become a general.

The Class 1992 is the last batch of PMA which was absorbed by the PNP.

Before he was designated as PNP spokesman, Banac was the deputy chief of the PNP Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies or SOSIA. He also served as provincial director of Sorsogon and chief of the Diplomatic Protection Unit of the Police Security and Protection Group.

He also served as chief of staff of the PNP Engineering Service and Senior Executive Assistant to the Chief, PNP from 2015 to 2016.

Banac took his Masters in Development Management from the Asian Institute of Management in 1999 and also underwent various training courses in Washington and Louisiana in the United States, Kosovo, Ivory Coast and Thailand.

After his graduation at the PMA, he joined the Special Action Force and was assigned to Basilan at the height of the operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group.

Banac is also a veteran of United Nations peacekeeping missions, where he served as Operations and Planning Officer in the UN Mission in Kosovo in 2009 and Technical Adviser of the UN Police Arms Embargo Cell in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in 2005

Aside from Banac, also promoted was Timoteo Pacleb from Brigadier General to Major General, or two-star rank.

Pacleb is currently the top spy of the PNP, being the head of the Directorate for Intelligence.

Col. Walter Castillejos was also included in the list of those promoted. He is now carrying the rank of Brigadier General.

On the other hand, those who were promoted to the rank of Colonel are Hermogenes Cabe, Benliner Capili, Edilberto Leonardo, Fernando Ortega, Brimar Rodica and the lone female promotee Judy Lopez.