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The Philippine National Police (PNP) has named a new director to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), the police unit tasked to oversee security in Metro Manila, which reported a spike in crime.
PNP chief Nicanor Bartolome said Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina, currently the director of the Highway Patrol Group, will be appointed to the NCRPO, after its current director, Alan Purisima, was promoted Wednesday as Chief of the Directorial Staff.
The movement in the PNP leadership comes after its number two man, Deputy Director Arturo Cacdac retired Wednesday.
Deputy Director General Emelito Sarmiento was promoted as deputy chief for administration while Deputy Dir. General Rommel Heredia is named deputy chief for operations.
A member of the Philippine Military Academy class of 1980, Espina was credited for bringing down carjacking cases in the country.
Bartolome expressed hope that Espina would be able to bring down crime incidents in Metro Manila, which reported a 56 percent spike from January to June this year.