Cascolan cancels midnight appointments at PNP

Published September 16, 2020, 12:20 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Gen. Camilo Cascolan disclosed on Wednesday that he had cancelled all “midnight appointments” made by his predecessor.

Police Lt. Gen. Camilo Pancratius Cascola (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

The appointments involve two senior police officers with a rank of Colonel and Brigadier General whose appointments were signed before the retirement of former PNP chief Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa.

“I think it would be fair to me and for everybody to seek out whom I placed. I had to cancel an appointment by the former chief PNP. It was a midnight appointment,” said Cascolan.

Gamboa and Cascolan are both members of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1986.

Cascolan said the “midnight appointments” involved the top positions at the PNP Health Service and the Finance Service.

Instead of implementing the previous order, Cascolan said he placed two other senior officers whom he deemed fit to do the job in the two positions.

He appointed Brig. Gen. Rex dela Rosa to head the PNP Finance Service, and Brig. Gen. Ronaldo Olay as the head of the PNP Health Service.

The two senior police officials who were supposed to head the two units, according to Cascolan, were reassigned to the Directorate for Information and Communication Technology and the Directorate for Comptrollership.

“It’s really very hard to reshuffle, most especially if you are looking for people for the right position. There are a lot of officers who deserve to be promoted or deserve to have the position,” said Cascolan.