Cascolan wants his term as PNP Chief extended

Published November 6, 2020, 10:53 AM

by Noreen Jazul

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Camilo Cascolan on Friday said he is hopeful that his term will be extended by President Duterte.

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

In an interview with DZMM Teleradyo, Cascolan said he still has a lot of plans for the PNP.

“Kung di tayo ma-extend, of course, tuloy and retirement, pero sana pag bigyan pa rin tayo (If my term will not be extended, I will push through with my retirement, but I’m hoping I’ll be given a chance to further serve)…We hope we will be extended,” Cascolan said, adding that he would like to see his plans be implemented properly.

Cascolan is set to retire as PNP chief on Nov. 10, just two months after he took over the helm of the national police force on Sept. 2.

The outgoing PNP chief said that even though he had the shortest term as the head of the police force, he has given “more than a year of service to the people of the Philippines.”

“It’s not how long you will serve, it’s how much you can serve or how much you could give something for your organization,” Cascolan said.

“Di lang naman dalawang buwan ako nagtrabaho. I have been working since I was a lieutenant in the PNP and iba lang ang wisdom mo kung magmula nasa baba ka umakyat ka dahan dahan at talagang nadaanan mo talaga [lahat] (I didn’t work just for two months, I’ve been working for PNP since I was a lieutenant, and I’ve been through all the stages, from the ground up, which I believe gave me more wisdom),” he added.

When asked about what he was able to do in his two-month stint as PNP chief, Cascolan took pride in his 9-point sustainable development program which included the “localization” of police forces.

“Marami po tayong pulis na nalipat malapit sa kanilang pamamahay o malapit sa kanilang mga residence at ito po ay nagbigay morale sa ating mga tauhan (We have relocated many of our policemen to stations which are much nearer to their homes or residences which boosted their morale),” he said.

Cascolan said he has no plans yet on what steps he will take next if ever his term won’t be extended.

“Ang akin lang siguro is I also want to relax and magpahinga muna (I just want to relax first and take a rest),” he said.