pnp rank

Update: PNP has released the implementing rules and regulations with regard to the new rank classification and abbreviation to be used effective immediately.

There is a move in congress to change the rank structure of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and to follow the rank used in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

But Senator Ping Lacson, a former Chief of the PNP, think otherwise.

According to the senator, there is no need to change the PNP Rank structure to be thesame as that of the military because the Philippine constitution is very clear against it.

The constitution provides that the Philippine National police must be civilian in character and any move to stay away from that may violate this constitutional provision.

The public is now accustomed to the ranks of the Philippine National Police and changing that will just confuse them.

Under the Philippine Constitution, a bill must generally go through three readings on three separate days.

The bill, proposing the rank change is in its second reading in the lower house of congress which means the entire text of the bill is read and will be debated and amendments thereto may be introduced.

Then comes the third reading which simply means that the bill shall be voted upon.

So many things will happen during that period. It may or may not pass.

If it pass, the President may or may not veto it.


Congressman Romeo Acop of Antipolo, a former PNP Chief Superintendent, in contradiction said that although the present rank used by the PNP which is patterned after the western and European countries has been in use for 20 years, the Filipino public is still accustomed to the military ranks.

Remember that the former Philippine National Police Chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa supported the move to change the rank of the PNP to that of the AFP.