THE No. 2 man of the National Police Commission (Napolcom), who oversaw administrative control and operational supervision over the PNP, died on Saturday after a bout with pneumonia, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said yesterday.
Año, also the Napolcom chairman, said Napolcom vice chairman and executive officer Rogelio Casurao “left a void not only at Napolcom but also in government especially at this time when we continue to rebuild our beloved country.”
Año said Carusao, 66, passed away due to “pneumonia with symptoms but not COVID.”
“In a public service career that spanned 16 and 1/2 years, Atty. Casurao is indeed a man of honor who left an indelible mark in the government service, having led an institution that works very hard to develop and transform our men and women in the Philippine National Police into respectable, principled, and virtuous personnel and public servants,” Año said.
Año said Casurao will be remembered for his “unparalleled leadership, guidance and commitment” that improved the people’s perception of the PNP.
Casurao was designated by President Benigno Aquino III as Napolcom vice chairman and executive officer in April 2016. He was supposed to serve for six years.
Casurao was a two-term councilor of Calbayog City in Samar prior to his appointment to the Napolcom.
He served as chairman of the People’s Law Enforcement Board of Calbayog City and the General Legal Counsel of the Philippine Councilors League. He also served as vice president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Samar Chapter.
PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Ildebrandi Usana said PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas “has expressed sincere condolences on behalf of the entire PNP to the bereaved family” of Casurao.
Casurao’s remains lie in state at the Arlington Chapels on Araneta Ave. in Quezon City.