Duterte gives new PNP Chief three marching orders

Published September 2, 2020, 10:56 AM

by Genalyn Kabiling

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Lt. Gen. Casmilo Cascolan must uphold the rule of law, fight corruption in the police ranks, and sustain the war on illegal drugs during his brief stint as head of the organization, Malacañang said Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on August 31, 2020.

These are President Duterte’s three marching orders to Cascolan who took over as police chief from Gen. Archie Gamboa who retired on Wednesday, according to presidential spokesman Harry Roque.

Cascolan is expected to serve as the country’s top cop for only two months since he will reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 this November.

“To the PNP chief, of course number one is to maintain, uphold the integrity of the rule of law as far as the PNP (Philippine National Police) is concerned,” Roque said over CNN Philippines Wednesday.

“Number two, rid its rank of corruption because that’s the reason the President doubled the salary of the Armed Forces and (the police) and (number three) what is closest to his heart, sustain the gains of the drug war,” he added.

Malacañang announced Tuesday that President Duterte has appointed Cascolan, currently the second highest police official, to become the next chief of the PNP. Prior to his appointment, Cascolan served as deputy for administration of the PNP.

Cascolan, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1986, briefly served as officer-in-charge while Gamboa recovered from a helicopter crash last March.