New PNP chief named

Police Director Ricardo Marquez is the new Philippine National Police Chief. He will be taking over on Thursday, July 16. Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II made the announcement today during a televised press briefing.

Marquez will be having the 4-star rank. He will be replacing Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina as the father of 155,000-strong national police. Espina is set to retire on Thursday.

“I will be retiring on Thursday. I will be handing over the command leadership to the next Chief PNP who will be appointed by the president. Tuloy-tuloy ang ating trabaho at serbisyo bearing the motto always Service, Honor and Justice,” Espina said during his last flag raising ceremony in police service.

Marquez is a member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1982. He will reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 on August 26, 2016.

As the PNP Director for Operations, Marquez headed the security force during Pope Francis’ visit last January. He is currently assigned in securing Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings including the APEC Summit in November.

He also served as regional director for Ilocos and provincial director for Nueva Ecija.