Besides Bacalzo, the other contenders for the PNP top post are Deputy Director General for Administration Perfecto Palad and Deputy Director General Benjamin Belarmino, the chief of the PNP Directorial Staff.
Palad, Bacalzo and Belarmino
are the second, third and fourth highest officials of the PNP
They are members of PMA Class of 1977.
Of the three top contenders, Palad was the first to get a three-star rank, followed by Bacalzo and Belarmino
Palad will be retiring in April 2011, Bacalzo in September 2011 and Belarmino
in March 2012.
If Palad were appointed PNP chief, he
would be serving only for seven months.