Four officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) got new assignments in a minor reshuffle made by Gen. Guillermo Eleazar days before he steps down from office.

Facade of the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame. (Image from the PNP website)

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte still has not decided yet on who will be the next chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to succeed Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said Monday.

Año said the president was having difficulty picking the next country’s top cop since it would be his last appointment before stepping down in 2022.

“President Duterte and I will still talk tomorrow. Earlier, he was not able to decide,” Año said in Filipino in a chance interview at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City.

“He says this is one of the toughest decisions he has to make since he knows all the candidates and this will be his last appointment before he steps down,” he said.

Año earlier said he had already submitted his recommendation to the president on who the next PNP chief would be on Eleazar’s retirement on Nov. 13.

He has listed five names.

READ: Año gives Duterte five names as possible next PNP chief


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