Malacañang on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Lt. Gen. Dionardo Carlos as the next chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Carlos will replace Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, whose retirement is set on Nov. 13.

“We are confident that General Carlos will continue making the PNP a professional, capable and reform-oriented organization that we envision it to be,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement.

Carlos had served as chief of the PNP’s directorial staff.

He was spokesman of the police force when it was headed by now-senator Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa from August 2016 to January 2018.

Carlos was later appointed head of the PNP Aviation Security Group, then director for Integrated Police Operations Visayas.

Carlos, a member of the Philippine Military Class of 1988, is the seventh PNP chief under President Rodrigo Duterte.

“General Carlos possesses all qualifications for the position, and President Duterte found him tailor-fit for the criteria he wants for the Chief PNP,” Eleazar said.

“General Carlos has this position cut out for him based on his seniority, track record and professional competence,” he added. John Ezekiel J. Hirro