By Aaron Recuenco
President Duterte has approved the promotion of Maj. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar to the next higher rank following his appointment as the No. 4 man in the Philippine National Police (PNP).
From Major General, Eleazar is set to formally receive the third star rank, or Lieutenant General, in an oath-taking and donning of the rank on Thursday.
Eleazar was named as the Chief of Directorial Staff of the PNP in October. He used to be the director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).
A member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1987, Eleazar is among the contenders for the PNP top post which remains vacant after the resignation of retired general Oscar Albayalde.
In a letter dated November 29, President Duterte had notified Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano on the promotion of Eleazar as Lieutenant General, a rank that fits his position as PNP’s No. 4 man.
During his stint as NCRPO chief, Eleazar was known for imposing strict discipline on policemen and in punishing erring cops and rewarding those who made the police organization proud.
He is also known as the most social-media active general—he would immediately respond to the complaints or viral posts relating to errant cops and criminal activities.
His latest accomplishment as NCRPO chief was when he initiated the alliance among the government’s anti-illegal drugs law enforcement groups through the Quad-Intel Force—composed of the NCRPO, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-NCR, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-NCR, and the military’s Joint Task Force NCR against drug lords operating in Metro Manila, particularly convicted drug lords who are detained at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).
The alliance led to the establishment of a liaison office of Quad-Intel Force at the NBP. The arrangement is that the Quad-Intel Force will serve as the eyes and ears of the Bureau of Corrections to the illegal activities of convicted drug lords outside the detention facility.
Eleazar also provided policemen who served as prison guards due to trust issues on NBP prison guards and also provided manpower in the massive demolition of illegal structures inside the NBP.
Eleazar also served as the director of the Quezon City Police District and the director of the CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) regional police before he was appointed as NCRPO director last year.