MANILA, Philippines?Members of Philippine Military Academy Class 1976, currently holding influential positions in both the military and police, are set to retire early, Philippine National Police Director
General Jesus Verzosa confirmed on Wednesday.
In a phone interview, Verzosa said that he and three other police officials who are members of class '76 will retire ahead of their birthdays.
"Yes, all of us will retire early and will not wait for our birthdays," he added.
The mandatory retirement age in both the AFP and the PNP is 56 years old.
When asked why, Verzosa said, "Of course we would want to spend our actual birthdays with our family."
Verzosa refused to comment on whether any Cabinet post will be offered to any of the members of the PMA class '76.
Verzosa's retirement is on December 25, Christmas Day. "I wouldn't want to spend Christmas that way," he added.
Asked when he would retire, Verzosa said, "I don't know yet."
There are only four remaining members of PMA Class '76 still in active service at the PNP. Aside from Verzosa, the others are Deputy Director General for Administration Jefferson Soriano, Director for Logistics Luizon Ticman and Director for Police and Records Management Abner Cabalquinto.
At the Armed Forces, three members of class '76 are still in active service: Lieutenant General Ben Dolorfino, commander of the Western Mindanao Command; Vice Admiral Leonardo Calderon, PMA superintendent; and Major General Samuel Narcise.