Quezon City police chief now NCRPO head
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Chief Superintendent Joel Pagdilao, Quezon City police chief, takes over the helm of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) starting Wednesday afternoon, July 29.
Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ricardo Marquez confirmed the appointment of Pagdilao, who takes over the post left by NCRPO chief Director Carmelo Valmoria when he retired on July 15.
The turnover ceremonies are scheduled Wednesday afternoon at the NCRPO headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig city.
Pagdilao made headlines recently following the very dramatic conflict between factions in the Iglesia ni Cristo and the Manalo family.
Police then were criticized for their supposed absence amid accusations that some INC ministers were abducted. Pagdilao himself went to the INC compound, where people were supposedly being held, to check on the situation himself.
He ruled out an abduction scenario and insisted that contrary to what many were saying, the PNP did not hold back in responding to the situation. (READ: Iglesia ni Cristo drama: Did police do their job?)
Pagdilao also led police preparations for President Benigno Aquino III's last State of the Nation Address.
Pagdilao, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1984, is set to earn his second star as chief of the NCRPO. The police general's assumption is the latest in a series of new assignments in the PNP following the retirement of several police officials.
In July alone, two police generals with prominent positions in the PNP donned their uniforms one last time: PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina and Valmoria. (READ: Leonardo Espina's 'last card')
Pagdilao was appointed Quezon City Police District chief in October 2014, after 4 out of 5 district directors were sacked as part of the PNP’s “reinvigorated anti-criminality campaign for NCR.”
The one-star police general is the younger brother of retired police Director Samuel Pagdilao, who is now a party-list representative.
Pagdilao's move to the NCRPO was supposed to happen much earlier – on July 15, when Valmoria retired. But sources told Rappler this was put on hold because police had yet to find a suitable replacement for the QCPD chief position. (READ: Where's the NCRPO chief?)
Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista is OIC of QCPD until a new chief is appointed. – Rappler.com