PRESIDENT Benigno Simeon Aquino III on Monday has appointed a new commissioner of the Philippine National Police Commission following a two-month vacancy.
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento said retired Philippine National Police Director Felizardo M. Serapio, Jr. replaces Luisito T. Palmera whose term of office ended on January 7, 2016. He added Serapio, who is a transnational crime specialist and known as the father of Police Intervention Training, would serve a six year term as NAPOLCOM commissioner representing the police sector.
In a statement, NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said Serapio was Undersecretary and Head of the Law Enforcement and Security Integration Office of the Office of the Executive Secretary before his appointment as NAPOLCOM commissioner. He was also the Executive Director of the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime.
Escueta also said Serapio served as head of the Interpol National Central Bureau Secretariat, Officer in Charge and at the same time head of the Working Group on Trafficking in Persons, ASEAN Senior Official on Transnational Crime.
NAPOLCOM records showed Serapio retired from the police service in June 2010 where he held various key positions, such as head of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Western Mindanao, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 12, and Director of the Special Action Force.
Serapio was known in the PNP as a crisis manager being a graduate of the Republic of the Philippines-United Kingdom (RP-UK) Crisis Management Assistance Program (CMAP) and various crisis management courses held in the United States of America, UK and Thailand.
Aside from Serapio, the other NAPOLCOM Commissioners are Alejandro S. Urro, Constancia P. De Guzman and and PNP Director General Ricardo C. Marquez as ex-officio Commissioner.