Police general in phone-grabbing incident now head of PNP Health Service

Published November 18, 2020, 3:42 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

The police general who was accused of grabbing a cellular phone of a journalist covering the Traslacion in Manila was named as the director of the Philippine National Police Health Service in the latest revamp of senior officials of the police organization.


Brig. Gen. Nolasco Bathan, formerly the number two man of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), will replace Brig. Gen. Ronaldo Olay who was transferred to the Metro Manila police to assume the post vacated by the former.

Bathan figured in a controversy in January last year when he grabbed the cellular phone of GMA-7 reporter Jun Veneracion who was then using the phone to take a video clip of the confrontation between a group of policemen and devotees.

Bathan later returned the phone and apologized. But he was intensely criticized in the social media over the incident.

Brig. Gen. Rex dela Rosa was transferred to the Directorate for Research and Development while the post that he vacated as director of the Finance Service was assumed by Col. Jose Nartatez, Jr.

Brig. Gen, Matthew Baccay, on the other hand, is now the director of the Eastern Police District, replacing Brig. Gen, Johnson Almaza who retired on Wednesday.

Col. George Almaden, on the other hand, was named as the acting director of the Legal Service.

Maj. Gen. Israel Ephraim Dickson was designated as the head of the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management while Brig. Gen. Rolando Hinanay was moved to the Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit (PHAU).