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MANILA, Philippines – Finally, the Philippine National Police is ‘headless’ no more.
With PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina set to retire this week, former Directorate for Operations Director Ricardo Marquez has been chosen to head the 155,000-strong police force, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary made the announcement in Camp Crame on Tuesday morning.

“I have full trust in the President that he chose someone with a proven track record, I have full confidence in Director Ric Marquez,” he said.

For his part, Marquez said he accepts his new post “with full humility and gratitude.”
A product of PMA Class 1982, Marquez—who hails from Cavite—bested five other contenders for the top post: Directorial staff chief Deputy Director General Danilo Constantino, Operations Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo, Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta (earlier dismissed), Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief Police Director Benjamin Magalong, and Logistics chief Police Director Juanito Vaño.

He will take over the helm during Espina’s formal retirement ceremony on July 17.

Prior to his new appointment, Marquez served as provincial police chief in Nueva Ecija during the 2010 national elections,  and executive officer and deputy task force commander for the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management and Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force respectively.

He also helped prepare the PNP secure the 2013 midterm elections as the Operations deputy chief and headed the task force for Pope Francis’ visit to the country last January 2015.

He is currently heading the PNP’s operations for the APEC summit meetings held in the country and will also be part of the planning committee for the 2016 elections.

The son of a farmer, Marquez’s educational achievements include graduating with honors at his elementary and high school and finishing 16th in his PMA class. He also has a Masters in Management from the Philippine Christian Academy.

Source : Philippine Daily Inquirer, GMA News

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