Deputy Director General Ramon Apolinario chosen to be the next PNP Chief

The man that would replace Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa after his retirement on January 21, 2018 has been named.

According to legal officer of the PNP Center for Police Strategic Management Supt. Ercy Nanette Tomas, the next man that would lead the cops in their fight against criminality and illegal drugs after Bato’s retirement is PNP Deputy Director General Ramon Apolinario.

She announced it during the 3rd PNP National Advisory Council Summit at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.

“Good news, the President has announced Sir Apol will be the next PNP chief,” Tomas told the forum, referring to Apolinario.

Another police also quoted President Rodrigo Duterte as saying that “Apol would be up next year.”

Even the chief of the Office of Strategic Studies and Strategy Management of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Colonel Adriano Perez Jr. acknowledge Apolinario as the next PNP Chief.

Several netizens also called General Apolinario as the ‘new PNP chief’


A police official said that Apolinario is the ‘most qualified’ man to replace Dela Rosa.

However, Malacanang is not yet confirming the rumors about the appointment of Apolinario as the next leader of the PNP.

Apolinario finished his elementary and high school levels at Ateneo de Manila University in 1975 and in 1979, respectively. He joined the Philippine Constabulary (PC) as a 2nd Lieutenant after graduating from PMA. He also pursued his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the Ateneo de Manila Graduate School of Business in Rockwell, Makati.

He also took up Public Financial Management at the Harvard University, John F Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts and later on passed the Civil Service Career Executive Eligibility (CSEE) in 2002 and has been conferred with the Career Executive Officer (CEO) IV by the Civil Service Commission.

He has been assigned as chief of police of San Leonardo Police Station in Nueva Ecija in 1993 and became the group commander of the 162nd Provincial Mobile Group based in Guimba, Nueva Ecija in 1994.

He was designated as the chief production branch at the Regional Intelligence Division in Region 3 police and at the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

Apolinario was Davao City Police chief from July 2008 to January 2010. He also became the chief regional personnel and human resource development division records management at the NCRPO in 2010 and later on designated as the chief of staff of the Police Security and Protection Group.

Apolinario is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Sandiwa Class of 1985

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