By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

Maj. Gen. Jonnel Estomo (File photo)

MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr. has designated Maj. Gen. Jonnel Estomo as the new head of the Area Police Command – Western Mindanao (APC-WM).

Estomo replaces Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. who bowed out of the service on Thursday, upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.

Before his reassignment, Estomo served as the chief of the PNP’s Directorate for Plans (DPL).

Brig. Gen. Nicolas Salvador, meanwhile, was named officer in charge of the DPL.

As APC-WM chief, Estomo will supervise police operations in the Zamboanga Peninsula, Soccsksargen and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

He also served as chief of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 5 (Bicol), National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group.

Estomo is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1992.

Meanwhile, Danao served as officer in charge of the PNP in May 2022, after the retirement of then-PNP chief Dionardo Carlos.

He also served as the chief of the Directorial Staff, the PNP’s fourth highest post, and as director of the Manila Police District, PRO 4-A (Calabarzon) and NCRPO. (PNA)