Aquino names Bartolome new PNP chief


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Philippine National Police Deputy Director General Nicanor Bartolome talks to media following his appointment as new national police chief. Video taken by’s Danica Hermogenes

MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino has appointed  Philippine National Police Deputy Director General Nicanor Bartolome as the next PNP chief, an official said Thursday.

Police Deputy General Nicanor Bartolome. Danica Hermogenes/

Bartolome will replace Director General Raul Bacalzo, who retires Friday, a week ahead of his 56th birthday, said PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr.

The police force welcomed the appointment of Bartolome, Cruz said.

He said Bartolome could lead the PNP well with his “qualities, experience and scholastic records.”

At the same time, Cruz expressed confidence the incoming PNP chief would continue the reforms in the PNP.

“We are more than confident that he will continue reforms for the police,” he said.

Aquino is scheduled to attend the turnover ceremonies on Friday at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame.

Bartolome is a member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1980. He also served as chief of Directorial Staff, the fourth highest position in the PNP.

Bartolome, who hails from Tarlac, also served as PNP provincial director of the said province. He headed key PNP units such as Police Regional Office 4-A (Calabarzon) and the National Capital Region Police Office.

He will lead the 140,000-strong police force in the next 18 months. With reports from Frances Mangosing,; Norman Bordadora, Inquirer

Originally posted at 2:54 p.m.

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  • Jomjom

    Mukhang matino naman itong si Bartolome.

  • RoCk

    magaling yan si bartolome at matalino..sana hindi siya mahahawa sa mga corrupt officials natin

  • Cyrus

    If the man is next in line and capable.  He deserves to be named.  Basta walang palakasan ok yun.  We hope that he can address a lot of police concerns in our country.  I heard him interviewed several time in TV and i think he is intelligent and sensible man.  Sir do your best to improve the security of the civilians

  • Balla Bato

    Gen. Bartolome will make a good PNP Chief. He’s intelligent, articulate, energetic and cool. He could bring back the dignity of the tarnished image of ‘police’ as real protector of the people. Hail to the new chief!

  • Anonymous

    congratulations for a well-deserved promotion.  with your experience as Cotabato City police chief then, and now that you are at the helm of the entire PNP, hope you will find ways to address the unsolved killings in that city in particular and the country in’s a tall order but well-meaning citizens are behind you in this.

  • Felix

    Congratulations to the new chief PNP. Bartolome, a very easy to remember name. Whatever you accomplish or not accomplish will be in your name.

  • Anonymous

    A fine officer and gentleman.  Remembered him as the gentle and scholarly upplerclassman of  my brother at PMA.  May the PNP gain some  luster, under this stewardship

  • JV Velarde

    The new PNP Chief should be challenged to change the status quo of the police force, morale, system & in culture. Something out-of-the-box & not just the same programs that fails over & over again.

    First, seriousness in cleansing the police force of scalawags. Throw the books at those who enriched themselves in the service thru fraud, particularly the euro generals & others involved in the PNP fund scams. Develop a system that will be consistent & firm in punishing even the lowest of rank involved in “kotong” or other petty police corruption. 

    Second, consider more compensation thru other benefits such as: quarterly performance, decent housing in their area of coverage, subsidized electric & water bills, monthly rice, prioritized education scholarships for their children in state universities(particularly UP) & physical fitness/health check (reward ideal body weight, waist line, being tobacco free, alcohol regulation, active participation in fitness programs particularly martial-arts, aikido & taekwondo etch). In addition, as a form of bonus or reward, we can send the best performing & most honest policemen to training’s abroad to further enhance their capability, as well share the knowledge gained abroad to the PNP organization; Please stop sending retiring generals abroad, prioritize the young, zealous & best performing police officers.

    Third, train & arm the force with the latest & most efficient crime fighting weaponry. Update the technology of police investigation protocols. Eliminate graft & corruption in bidding & purchasing of these tools.

    Fourth, develop a modern & more efficient communication system that can link police posts & key public establishments that can monitor & assists in curbing & preventing crime. Use the power of media, internet & social networks.

    Fifth, reorganize/revamp the Police Academy, update & modernize it’s curriculum. Invite representatives from the best police forces in the world such as the US, Japan & Scotland Yard from UK to impart knowledge or send our police officers in these countries to attend courses in efficient police work & transfer the know-how to our police & recruits. And a more effective way of inculcating to the police service the virtues of honor, respect, discipline, human rights & obedience to the laws of the land.

    Lastly,  promote a culture of trust, honesty & respect thru involvement of the police in various community activities that humanize the face of the PNP focused on the environment, charity works, youth education & spiritual enrichment endeavors.

    And for funding, go to PAGCOR ….. if they were able to allot 1 BILLION Pesos for Coffee before, they can sure allot more for the PNP’s needs now.

  • Anonymous

     Mukhang magiging tigang ang panunungkulan ni Bartolome bilang PNP Chief. Walang kabuhay-buhay. Siempre pagkaraan ng mga di mabilang na kahihiyan at katarantaduhan na ginawa ng mga sinundan niya, bantay sarado na siya. Andyan pa si Pinoy. Pero pag mairaos nyang tagumapay at walang sabit ang kanyang trabaho, magiging sagana siya sa respeto at pagmamahal ng bayan.

  • Danguard

    To those who have made their comments, such changes will for sure favor his countrymen.. Congrats Sir..

  • marco

    Oh, so he is from Tarlac. Hopefully not another KKK.

  • Anonymous

    Bartolome looks like more of a Professor than a Police Officer.
    Ika nga ang mukha ang salamin ng buhay. Si Bartolome ay hindi baratingas, mukhang hindi mangungurakot.
    Anyway, congratulations, new PNP chief. You are an Officer and a Gentleman. Good choice ni Pnoy.

    Tanong lang, ang Bartolome ba pangalan o apelyido.

  • Anonymous

    mukha mabait naman ito si bartolome……..pero yung ngisi niya mukha ngising D………..mas delikado yata ang mga ganito kung ngumisi…… patunayan mo bartolome na mali…….

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully, he will be remembered as a reformer and good police Chief at sana hindi siya maging buwaya katulad ng mga dating Chipipoy.

    • enbee

      kaya nga po nabansagan na virtual lock ung #4, (rank po ni Gen. Bartolome sa PNP) dahil sa stats nya, hardly ka lng makakita ng tulad nya sa panahon ngayon

  • Anonymous

    Would there be “pabaon” for him?  These people are lucky compared to other government services personnel.  Most have to wait till 65 before they can retire.  In the police force, 55 is the mandatory retirement age.  Too young to sit on a rocking chair, too old to start over.  Is this why they have this customary “pabaon” for the good guys?

    Good wishes for the new chief!   Hope he can fill the shoes left behind and  more, by the ex-chief.  

  • Arden Alcantara

    I hope you will be the one…

  • Nikko Mahor

    We all want reforms in government… Nick Bartolome is as good as it gets when one searches for a good cop… I’m sure he is not a saint. We should give him a chance to do his work and prove his worth.

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