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Gen. Acorda’s term as PNP chief extended til March 2024

MANILA/CAMP CRAME, Quezon City – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has extended the term of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr. until March 31, 2024.

In a statement on Monday, the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) said Marcos extended Acorda’s tenure given that the latter has successfully led the police force since his appointment in April this year.

“I wish to inform you that, pursuant to the provisions of existing laws, your service as Chief (Police General), Philippine National Police, is hereby extended until 31 March 2024,” a letter signed by Marcos addressed to Acorda read.

Executive Order 136, series of 1999, recognizes the power of the President to extend the service of presidential appointees beyond the compulsory retirement age for exemplary meritorious reasons.

Earlier, Acorda said he was hoping his successor would have a longer tour of duty to sustain programs and projects.

“As far as I am concerned, a longer tour of duty would be better, especially because of the current system when it takes time to request for funds,” Acorda told reporters after the PMA honored him with a testimonial parade at Fort Del Pilar, Baguio City last month.

“If a Chief PNP has less than a year, there could be a change of mindset. There could be a change in priorities and the new Chief PNP may have other ways of implementing programs and projects,” Acorda said. “So it would be better that there should be continuity in asking for the budget and in the implementation.”

In the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the chief of staff and other senior military officers in key positions have a fixed term of three years under Republic Act 11709 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on April 13, 2022.

Acorda reached the 56-year-old compulsory retirement for PNP personnel on Dec. 3, 2023.

He has led the PNP to focus on an agenda for a more effective police force such as the Personnel Morale and Welfare, Community Engagement, Integrity Enhancement, ICT Development and Honest Law Enforcement Operations.

Acorda is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Sambisig Class of 1991.

He earlier served as the director of the PNP Directorate for Intelligence before becoming the PNP chief.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin Abajos Jr. was also informed in a transmittal letter, dated Dec. 1, 2023 and signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin, about Acorda’s extension of service.