Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said he has not yet submitted his recommendation to replace Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Guillermo Eleazar who will retire next month.
“Seniority, merit, and service reputation will be my basis on coming up with a recommendation,” Ano said.
For this, one of the contenders to be the next PNP chief is Lieutenant General Dionardo Carlos, The Chief Directorial Staff and the Number 4 in PNP command.
WHO IS GENERAL CARLOS?
Carlos was born in Lucena City, Quezon to parents Osmundo “Dody” de Ocampo Carlos of Tayabas, Quezon and Erlinda Sabarre Bernardo of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. His father is a marine biologist who headed the Enverga University Marine Biology Center in Padre, Burgos, Quezon and his mother is a registered nurse who worked at the Quezon Provincial Hospital.
Carlos spent his early childhood years in Guiuan, Eastern and eventually moved back to Cavite City and Lucena City. He finished his elementary education at St. Joseph College in Cavite City in 1979 where he graduated with ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE having the highest final grade (general point average) among his class.
Carlos took his secondary education at Luzonian University Foundation (now the Manuel S. Enverga University) in Lucena City where he graduated SALUTATORIAN in 1983.
Carlos took the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT), passed, and spent one (1) year as freshman student at UP Diliman Campus. He entered the threshold of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in Baguio City in 1984.
Carlos hurdled four (4) years of regimented life at the PMA from April 1, 1984 and graduated in March 8, 1988 as a 2nd Lieutenant. He is a proud member of the MARINGAL Class of 1988.
Carlos started his military career as a young lieutenant in his hometown when he was deployed in Camp Guillermo Nakar in Lucena City. His first assignment was with the Regional Special Action Force 4 (RSAF4) Battalion and eventually with the 224th PC/INP Company in Los Banos, Laguna.
He joined the local forces in fighting the NPA insurgents in Quezon, Laguna and Mindoro Island under the Philippine Constabulary Anti-Insurgency Campaign. He also remained faithful and defended the established government against military rebels.
Carlos led his platoon in Mindoro and took part in the dismantling of three (3) NPA camps in the island under the Task Force Mina de Oro and later on Task Force Crossbow.
In 1989, Carlos led his team in the liberation of the Naval Base in Sangley Point, Cavite, from the rebel forces where he earned his Military Bravery Medal. His team was later redeployed to Makati City fighting the military rebels at the central business and financial district of the country. For this feat, Carlos and his team were recommended of meritorious promotion and award of Gold Cross medals however lost the chance because they chose to simply return to Los Banos, Laguna and continue performing their duties.
After 4 years of being assigned in Southern Luzon, Carlos took his opportunity and joined the International Peacekeeping Mission in Cambodia. Carlos was part of the Philippine Contingent to the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) from 1992 to 1993 and became part of Cambodian history for helping the country establish a new democratic government. Carlos and 8 other Filipino peacekeepers were recognized for BRAVERY by the UNTAC leadership and were awarded with medals/ commendations after he led them return from Phnom Penh to their duty stations in Prey Veng Province during the attempt of the rebels to annex the eastern portion of the country to Vietnam.
In 1994, Carlos joined the PNP’s elite national intervention force – the Special Action Force (SAF) – where he developed his Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Skills through rigorous field deployments and trainings. Carlos commanded the Anti-Terrorist Unit where he fought the organized crime groups, communist insurgents, and Abu Sayyaf terrorists.
Carlos served at the PNP SAF for almost 6 years from 1994 to 2000 where he developed several fighting techniques and tactics. He integrated what he learned from the American SWAT Unit, British SAS, Australian SASR, the French RAID and Israeli YAM’AM. He also developed the SWAT training program for key cities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao and at the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).
With the undying flame that fuels and excites him from one mission to another, Carlos again joined the UN Mission in East Timor as part of the 6-man PNP’s Advance Team to help the marginalized communities in the country. Carlos served at the Mission’s Joint Operation Centre (JOC) in Dili, East Timor during the chaotic and troubled days when the militias burned to the ground the entire country. Carlos bravely stayed until the last plane has evacuated all UN staff and personnel. He boarded the last plane out of Dili Airport.
Carlos continued his peacekeeping mission in East Timor as the Operations Officer at the UNTAET Induction Unit responsible for the orientation and training of UN staff, military observers, civilian police and UN volunteers joining the mission. He also served as member of the UN Special Assistance Team (UNSAT) who traveled to various countries to evaluate and test volunteers and peacekeepers for their fitness to join UN missions.
Upon his return from his second UN mission, Carlos joined the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in 2000 as one of the pioneers of the new agency while PDEA was on its transition. Carlos served as the agency’s Deputy Intelligence Chief working closely with the foreign counterparts from the United States DEA, Australian Federal Police, Hongkong Narcotics Bureau, Royal Malaysian Police among others.
He later returned to the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) where his cooperation with the foreign counterparts led them to the dismantling of nine (9) clandestine drug laboratories and chemical warehouses in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Carlos was an active drug-buster for six years from 2000 to 2006.
Carlos returned to regular crime-fighting and community engagements when he became the City Police Chief of Dumaguete City Police Force in Negros Oriental from 2006 to 2008 where he led his unit to its ever first award as the Best City Police Station in Central Visayas in 2007.
His implementation of Safer Cities Program drastically reduced street crimes prevailing in the city. He implemented regular police checkpoints and chokepoints in all strategic locations in the city that controlled movements of criminals especially in the incidents of victimizing students in various universities and colleges in the city. His crime prevention program includes the conduct of Threat Awareness and Personal Security or TAPS lecture-trainings for students in all universities and colleges during the day and even in their dormitories at night. Carlos also liaised with various community groups from business to academe, religious sectors, and NGOs which provided the additional support to the city police. The efforts were recognized by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo when she declared Dumaguete as the SAFEST CITY in the entire country.
In 2007, Carlos also arrested an American fugitive wanted for a sex crime and child pornography. The suspect was eventually deported back to the United States to stand trial. In 2015, Carlos traveled to the US court for the trial that contributed to the double life sentence for the sex offender.
After completing his 2-year stint in Central Visayas, Carlos returned to the National Headquarters in Camp Crame in 2008 and worked at the Public Information Office (PIO). Later he was assigned at the Project Management Office (PMO) where he honed his public relations and communication skills, and strategic planning and management, respectively. In 2009, Carlos was recognized as one of Outstanding Filipinos being a Country’s Outstanding Policemen in Service (COPS) awardee by the Metrobank Foundation Incorporated. He was also awarded with a scholarship at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) where he took his Master in Management (MM) from 2009 to 2010.
From 2010 to 2012, Carlos performed duties at the National Capital Region Police Office as its the Police-Community Relations chief under four (4) Regional Directors – Gen. Leocadio Santiago Jr, Gen. Alan Purisima, Gen. Nicanor Bartolome, and Gen. Leonardo Espina. He was again awarded as the Best Senior Police Commissioned Officer for Administration in 2012 for his professional and excellent police-community relations works for the NCRPO.
Due to the incident in Atimonan, Quezon late in 2012 involving the killing of a senior police officer, Carlos was placed as the Provincial Director of Quezon Police to bring normalcy to the province. He also led the Police Provincial Office in keeping the peace during the 2013 mid-term elections.
IN 2014, Carlos then returned at the PNP Headquarters as Chief, Liaison Office for Legislative Affairs (C, LOLA) to the Senate and the House of Representatives. In 2015, he served as Provincial Director of Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office where he actively led in the preparatory works leading to the 2016 National and Local Elections. He was prompt in working with the Peace and Order Council and actively involved in all Joint Security Coordinating Meetings to ensure peaceful and safe elections.
In 2016, Carlos was handpicked by then Chief PNP General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa to be his PNP Spokesperson and at the same time the Chief, Public Information Office (C,PIO). Carlos provided the public the right and complete information through the tri-media answering issues on crime, Double Barrel and Oplan Tokhang in the campaign against illegal drugs, alleged EJKs, etc.
In January 2018, Carlos moved to the Aviation Security Group as its Director focusing on civil aviation security and counter-hijacking in the airports. Carlos developed his 4R (Recall, Retrain, Retool, Redeploy) Program and deployed Counter-Hijack Teams in the 13 international airports in the country, himself a product of the Australian Special Air Service Regiment’s basic and advanced counter-hijacking trainings. Carlos prepared a recurring 5-year procurement program for AVSEGROUP to ensure that the Group is well-equipped and trained for keeping our airports free from hijacking incidents which were approved by then Chief PNP General Oscar Albayalde. Two days after the approval, Carlos was transferred to Eastern Visayas to address another pressing problem – INSURGENTS.
In August 2018, Carlos was appointed Regional Director of Police Regional Office 8 where again he proved his managerial and tactical capabilities as a leader. He upheld significant impressions and remarkable recognition possessing excellent pre-emptive leadership, particularly when Victoria Police Station in Northern Samar successfully defended the station from the pre-dawn NPA attack.
Another manifestation of his strategic leadership was showcased when he worked hand-in-hand with the involved units of the AFP and PNP for OPLAN HAGORN 1 and 2, and the PNP SAF for the successful combat missions in Samar and Negros Islands. He was also behind the successful implementation of COPLAN ARVAC or the simultaneous implementation of 41 Search Warrants in Panay Islands as Director for Integrated Police Operations – Visayas (DIPO-Visayas).
Other designations include Director, Highway Patrol Group; Director for Information and Communications Technology Management, Director for Integrated Police Operations – Southern Luzon; notwithstanding his handful of minor and preparatory designations which honed him to excellence before reaching the fourth-highest position in the PNP – The Chief of Directorial Staff.
The multitude of awards and recognition under his belt displays that he has indeed served with excellence and distinction. Other notable accomplishments on record are; Honorable and Outstanding Police Enforcer in 2013 awarded by the JCI-Manila; Metrobank Foundation Inc.’s Continuing Excellence in Service Award or ACES in 2014; Civil Service Commission 2019 Dangal ng Bayan awardee of Eastern Visayas; Natatanging LUCENAHIN Awardee for 2021, an award for Outstanding Professionals in Lucena City, among others.
Carlos is exemplary in all QUAD Policing aspects of the PNP – Field Operations, Investigation, Intelligence, and Community Relations. A duty-bound public servant with an optimum peculiarity in military and policing strategies. He is a well-loved officer by both the PNP personnel and civilian stakeholders. Best known for his (hashtag) #alagangcarlos helping people in the community on and off-camera.
Skilled in many aspects. He is an expert in Skydiving, Motorcycle Riding, a Rescue Diver, a Tactical Firearms Instructor, and Specialist in Protective Service or VIP Security Operations.
A true embodiment of a Powerhouse General! More than a complete package rolled into one! EUNICE CELARIO