Arnel Escobal of PMA Class ’87 named new PNP regional director

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Chief Supt. Arnel Escobal, a lawyer and native of Nabua, Camarines Sur, was installed as the new Police Regional Office 5 (PRO 5) regional director.

Escobal replaces Chief Supt. Antonio Gardiola, also a native of Nabua and former Highway Patrol Group (HPG) chief, who retired from service Friday upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.

A member of PMA Class 1987, Escobal is the eighth straight Bicolano to become regional director of PRO5 since former Chief Supt. Cecilio Calleja of Legazpi City.

After the turn-over rites, Gardiola thanked all the men and women of Bicol police who were very supportive in all his programs and asked them to do the same for Escobal.

Escobal, on the other hand, promised to give his best in serving fellow Bicolanos and urged the Bicol police to cooperate with the Philippine National Police leadership in its efforts to ensure peace and order, eliminate the illegal drug menace and enforce internal cleansing.

He also vowed to continue the fight against insurgency and terrorism.

In an interview at the sidelines of the turn-over ceremony for the new regional director of PRO 5 at Camp Gen. Simeon Ola Saturday night, PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde thanked Gardiola for his 32 years of service, both in the military and police force, and urged to continue helping the PNP in his capacity as a civilian. (PNA)