Chief of the Philippine National Police

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Chief of the
Philippine National Police
Hepe ng
Pambansang Pulisya ng Pilipinas
Philippine National Police seal.svg
PNP seal
Flag of PNP Director General.svg
Flag of the PNP Chief
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Archie Gamboa

since October 14, 2019
Officer in Charge until January 20, 2020
Philippine National Police
Member ofNational Police Commission (NAPOLCOM)
SeatCamp Crame, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
NominatorNational Police Commission (NAPOLCOM)
AppointerPresident of the Philippines
Term lengthFour years
unless extended by the President in times of war or other national emergency declared by Congress
Constituting instrumentRepublic Act No. 6975
FormationMarch 31, 1991
First holderCesar P. Nazareno
Unofficial namesDirector General / Police General (after the prerequisite rank)
DeputyDeputy Chief for Administration
Deputy Chief for Operations
Salary₱121,143 monthly basic pay (2018)[1]

The Chief of the Philippine National Police (Filipino: Hepe ng Pambansang Pulisya ng Pilipinas[2]) is the head of the Philippines' national police body, the Philippine National Police (PNP). The position is invariably held by a Police General, a four star general police officer.

The PNP chief is also an ex officio member of the National Police Commission.[3]


The Department of the Interior and Local Government Act of 1990 (Republic Act No. 6975), the law establishing the Philippine National Police, states that the President shall appoint the Philippine National Police Chief from among a list prepared by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) of "the most senior and qualified officers in the service" given that the prospect appointee has not yet retired or within six months from their compulsory retirement age. The lowest rank of a qualified appointee shall be the rank of chief superintendent. The appointment of the PNP chief by the President requires confirmation from the Commission on Appointments.[4]

Powers and functions[edit]

The holder of the position of PNP Chief holds the rank of "Police General".[5] Prior to February 2019, this rank was known as "Director General", According to Sec. 26 of the PNP Chief shall have:[4]

  • Command and direction of the PNP; the power to direct and control tactical as well as strategic movements, deployment, placement, utilization of the PNP or any of its units and personnel, including its equipment, facilities and other resources. Such command and direction of the Chief of the PNP may be delegated to subordinate officials with the respect to the units under their respective commands, in accordance with the rules and regulation prescribed by the Commission.
  • Power to issue detailed implementing policies and instructions regarding personnel, funds, properties, records, correspondence and such other matters as may be necessary to effective carry out the functions, powers and duties of the Bureau.


Under Republic Act No. 6975, the term of office of PNP Chief cannot exceed four years. An exception can be made by the President to extend the PNP chief's term "in times of war or other national emergency declared by Congress".[4]


The PNP Chief is assisted by two Deputy Chiefs; one for operations and another dedicated to administration.[4]


No. Name Term
1 Cesar P. Nazareno March 31, 1991 – August 28, 1992
2 Raul S. Imperial August 28, 1992 – May 6, 1993
3 Umberto A. Rodriguez May 6, 1993 – July 8, 1994
4 Recaredo A. Sarmiento II July 8, 1994 – December 15, 1997
5 Santiago L. Alino December 15, 1997 – July 1998
6 Roberto T. Lastimoso July 1998 – June 1999
Edmundo L. Larroza (OIC) June 1999 – November 16, 1999
7 Panfilo Lacson November 16, 1999 – January 20, 2001
8 Leandro Mendoza March 16, 2001** - March 17, 2002
9 Hermogenes Ebdane March 17, 2002 – August 23, 2004
10 Edgar B. Aglipay August 23, 2004 – March 14, 2005
11 Arturo Lomibao March 14, 2005 – July 5, 2006
12 Oscar C. Calderon July 5, 2006 – October 1, 2007
13 Avelino I. Razon Jr. October 1, 2007 – September 27, 2008
14 Jesus A. Verzosa September 27, 2008 – September 14, 2010
15 Raul Bacalzo September 14, 2010 – September 9, 2011
16 Nicanor A. Bartolome September 9, 2011 – December 17, 2012
17 Alan Purisima December 17, 2012 – February 5, 2015
Leonardo A. Espina (OIC) February 5, 2015 – July 16, 2015
18 Ricardo C. Marquez July 16, 2015 – June 30, 2016
19 Ronald dela Rosa July 1, 2016 – April 19, 2018
20 Oscar Albayalde April 19, 2018 – October 14, 2019
21 Archie Gamboa October 14, 2019 – January 20, 2020 (OIC)
January 20, 2020 – incumbent


  1. ^ Macapagal, Maan. "Police officers to receive pay hike this month". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Duterte, may ibinilin kay Albayalde sa pag-upo sa PNP". ABS-CBN News (in Filipino). 19 April 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2018. Itinalaga bilang ika-22 hepe ng pambansang pulisya si Police Director General Oscar Albayalde na dating pinuno ng National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).
  3. ^ "Philippine National Police Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998". The LawPhil Project. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d "Department of the Interior and Local Government Act of 1990". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  5. ^ Ranada, Pia (21 February 2019). "From SPO1 to sergeant: New law gives military rank names to police". Rappler. Retrieved 21 February 2019.