The police general who was tagged in the alleged misuse of funds of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) has been designated to a new post as part of a Philippine National Police (PNP) revamp following the retirement of a senior police officer.
On Wednesday, September 15, PNP chief General Guillermo Eleazar named Major General Rhodel Sermonia as the new chief of the Directorate for Operations, which oversees the operations and support activities of the police.
Sermonia replaced Police Major General Alfred Corpus, who retired from the service on Wednesday. In August, Senator Panfilo Lacson, a former PNP chief himself, tagged him as behind the PNP’s supposed misuse of anti-insurgency funds.
Lacson had said Sermonia instructed local police chiefs to conduct a supposed “census,” asking for the names, contact numbers, and addresses of barangay residents. Lacson said the action was questionable because the NTF-ELCAC funds were supposed to be used for community development projects.
The PNP had categorically denied Lacson’s allegations.
Police Major Bartolome Bustamante has been named as the new chief of the PNP Directorate for Police Community Relations (DPCR), the position previously held by Sermonia.
Police Brigadier General Arthur Bisnar replaced Bustamante as the new chief of the PNP Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development.
Police Brigadier General Harold Tuzon filled in Bisnar’s former post as the director of the PNP Headquarters Support Service. His previous position as acting secretary of the PNP Directorial Staff will be assumed by Police Colonel Joaquin Alva.