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President Marcos Appoints Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Peralta as PNP Officer-in-Charge

MANILA — President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has appointed Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Peralta as the officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Philippine National Police (PNP), filling the leadership vacuum created by Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr.'s retirement. This transitional leadership ensures the continuity of the PNP's critical functions and services across the country.

According to Philippines News Agency, dated March 27, Lt. Gen. Peralta's appointment is effective from March 31, 2024, and will continue until a permanent chief is named or further orders are issued. This strategic move is intended to maintain stability and effective governance within the national police force during this interim period.

Lt. Gen. Peralta, a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy "Sambisig" Class of 1991, was serving as the deputy chief for administration, the second-in-command within the PNP hierarchy. His extensive experience includes roles such as the Chief of the Directorial Staff, the head of the Police Regional Office 1 in the Ilocos Region, and the leadership of the Southern Police District in Metro Manila.

The need for this appointment arose as Gen. Acorda reached the mandatory retirement age for PNP officers last December but received an extension until the end of March. His official retirement is to be commemorated at a ceremony in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Following the announcement, the PNP released a statement affirming its dedication to its mission under Lt. Gen. Peralta's guidance, emphasizing continued service, integrity, and excellence. The force expressed its commitment to introducing new programs that will further enhance its administrative and operational capacities.

The PNP also called for unity within its ranks, urging all personnel to support the newly designated OIC in achieving the organization's objectives of ensuring national safety and security. This appeal underscores the importance of cohesive leadership and collaboration within the police force to effectively address and respond to the country's law enforcement and public safety needs.

Col. Jean Fajardo, PNP's information chief and spokesperson, indicated that the organization's 232,000 members are prepared to support the leadership transition, highlighting the collective readiness for the upcoming turnover ceremony.