By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

(PNA photo by Lloyd Caliwan)

MANILA – Eight senior officials were formally inducted as major generals and brigadier generals at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Tuesday.

PNP chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr. led the donning of ranks for Major Generals Harold Tuzon, Victor Wanchakan, and Rudolph Dimas and Brigadier Generals Lex Ephraim Gurat, Victor Arevalo, Alfredo Dangani, Roderick Mariano, and Redrico Maranan.

Maranan is currently the PNP chief information officer.

“I wish to inform you that, per the endorsement of the chairperson of the Civil Service Commission and as recommended by the National Police Commission (Napolcom)… the promotion of Police Colonel Redrico Atienza Maranan to the next higher rank of Police Brigadier General is hereby approved,” President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. stated in a letter dated April 28 to Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr.

Tuzon and Wanchakan are from the Area Police Command Eastern Mindanao and Western Mindanao, respectively, while Dimas is from the Special Action Force (SAF).

Mariano is the No. 2 man of the Police Regional Office 13 (Caraga).

Arevalo, on the other hand, is the head of the Center for Police Strategy Management, which is in charge of directing the PNP to good performance management down to the lowest units.

Gurat is the chief directorial staff of the National Capital Region Police Office.

The approval of the officials’ promotion was delayed due to the evaluation and assessment of all senior officers as part of the internal cleansing to eliminate ranking officials with drug links. (PNA)