Aquino Promotes PNP Spokesman, Others

MANILA, Philippines - The spokesman of the Philippine National Police (PNP) became the recent addition to the long list of generals in the organization after President Benigno S. Aquino III has approved his promotion and seven other senior officers.

A member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1984, Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr. is actually one of the three spokespersons of the police organization, being the chief of the Public Information Office (PIO).

While his promotion is expected, Cerbo said that he has not yet received information from the PNP leadership. "I am still waiting for orders. But based on the schedule, the pinning of the ranks could be tomorrow (Wednesday)."

Aside from Cerbo, also promoted to the one-star rank (equivalent to brigadier general in the military) are Joel Alvarez, the deputy regional director for Administration of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM); Christopher Laxa, acting chief of the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM); Wendy Rosario, deputy regional director for Administration in Central Luzon regional police; and Arrazad Subong, of the National Capital Region Police Office.

The letter dated July 4 from Malacañang also promoted Manuel Barcena and Angelito Pacia to Director, a two-star rank equivalent to Major General in the military.

Barcena is currently the second man in the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations in Western Mindanao while Pacia is the head of the Directorate for Information Technology and Communication Management (DITCM).

The eight promoted was Jose Carumba, who is now a full colonel or Senior Superintendent. He used to be the spokesman of the Southern Mindanao regional police.

"As endorsed by the National Police Commission and the chairman, Civil Service Commission... the promotions of the following PNP uniformed personnel to the next higher rank are hereby approved," the letter addressed to Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo read.

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