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Aglipay gets 6month extension as Chief PNP

 Egay Aglipay at Malacanang at Oath Taking for his fourth star.

Newly installed Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Deputy Director General Edgardo Aglipay will keep his post until March next year, thanks to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who yesterday extended for "at least six months" his tour of duty with immediate orders to clamp down on the illegal drug trade, terrorism and corruption in the police service.

Aglipay formally took over the police command from Director General Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., incoming National Security Adviser, during a ceremony at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

"I believe having a lawyer like General Aglipay at the helm of the PNP can do much in the professionalization and institutionalization of our reforms. For this reason, I am extending the term of the PNP chief to serve for the period of at least six months," Arroyo said.

Aglipay was supposed to serve as PNP chief for only less than a month, or until he reaches the mandatory age of 56 on Sept. 13.

The President, meanwhile, awarded Ebdane, who retired three months ahead of schedule to give way to Aglipay, the Philippine Legion of Honor with the degree of commander.

In her speech, the President said the six-month extension of Aglipay’s term would "enable him to get our plans off the ground, institutionalize our gains in law enforcement, and have a strong start in the things that have to be done to truly professionalize our police force."

Arroyo expressed confidence that Aglipay, equipped with his sterling police record and lawyer abilities, would be able to carry out her campaign promises to the people.

"These are my marching orders: make us more secure, help strengthen our families, stamp out corruption, stop the scourge of drugs and wipe out terrorism."

She said the war against drugs was "halfwon" during the stint of Aglipay as head of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force. "I’m sure he will be even more successful as head of the whole PNP."

The President likewise directed Aglipay to implement rigid punitive and preventive actions to purge the perceived widespread corruption in the police.

Aglipay was also ordered to craft an "organized framework of actions" similar to his previous work plans in resolving the terror bombings in Mindanao last year.

"To be able to accomplish them, we need to consolidate and integrate law enforcement, provide linkages between law enforcement and all areas of national security, strengthen criminal justice and place it with the overall framework of economic and political stability," the President said.

Aglipay, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1971, earned a master’s degree in business administration at the University of the Philippines and a law degree at the Ateneo de Manila University. He also obtained a master’s degree in military arts and sciences at Fort Leavenworth in the United States. (By Genalyn D. Kabiling)

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