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DRUG WAR. The newly-appointed PNP chief, Gen. Rommel Francisco Marbil, is sure to give more focus on the fight against illegal drugs as what he demonstrated when he was the police regional director for Eastern Visayas. Photo shows the recovered bricks of cocaine from the waters of Arteche, Eastern Samar being accounted and destroyed by authorities. (PRO-8)

TACLOBAN CITY – The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Eastern Visayas extends their congratulations to General Rommel Francisco Marbil on his appointment as the new PNP chief.

Marbil previously served as the top police official in Eastern Visayas from August 15, 2022, to May 2, 2023.

He later assumed the role of chief of the PNP directorate for comptrollership until his appointment as the 30th PNP chief by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday (April 1).
In a statement posted on its social media account, the Police Regional Office 8, under the leadership of PB/Gen. Reynaldo Pawid conveyed their warm wishes to PGen. Rommel Francisco Marbil.

“With his exemplary leadership and unwavering commitment to duty, we have full confidence that PGen.Marbil will continue to advance and uphold the noble ideals of the organization,” they added.

Under Marbil’s new leadership, the Police Regional Office (PRO-8) pledges to remain dedicated to supporting the plans and programs of the PNP, ensuring efficient police service to the community.

Marbil succeeds PNP Chief Benjamin Acorda, becoming the second former regional police director from Eastern Visayas to lead the country’s police organization.

The first was Gen. Dionardo Carlos, who served from August 10, 2018, to October 25, 2019, as the top police officer in Eastern Visayas before assuming the role of PNP chief.

During his tenure in Eastern Visayas, Marbil focused on the anti-illegal drug campaign, resulting in the surrender of Erwin Ogario, former regional director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) of the National Capital Region on January 2023, who was implicated in illegal drug activities.

During his tenure in Eastern Visayas, Marbil established the Task Force Maharlika by putting up checkpoints from Allen in Northern Samar to San Ricardo, Southern Leyte providing police visibility along the major national road in the country.