INTENSIFIED POLICE OPERATIONS
LINGAYEN—A major revamp among chiefs of police in the province is ongoing since last Tuesday, August 2!
As of last Thursday, about 80 percent of the town and city police chiefs of Pangasinan are expected be given new assignments.
P/Senior Supt. Ronald Oliver Lee, acting-Pangasinan Police Director, said the revamp was ordered by acting-Police Regional Director, P/Chief Supt. Gregorio Pimentel to give way to assignment of newly promoted senior inspectors and recall police officers who have stayed longer than their regular three-year assignment.
“Not because of poor performance,” Lee pointed out.
Pimentel, who lauded the Pangasinan policemen for their “outstanding” performance in the illegal drugs campaign, said the revamp in the Regional level is already being implemented.
Pimentel added that a regular evaluation of the chiefs of police including officers in the provincial and regional level will be done every three months.
Meanwhile, Lee said more than 30 police officers with the rank of senior inspectors were recently promoted to chief inspectors and have to be assigned to other towns with higher classification.
P/Supt. Jeff Fanged, who headed the Urdaneta City Police Station for three years, had been transferred to the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office in Lingayen town, according to his text message to The PUNCH.
During Fanged’s watch as police chief here, more than 1,000 drug personalities surrendered. He was succeeded by Supt. Marceliano Desamito Jr.
In Dagupan City, P/Supt. Christopher Abrahano was succeeded by P/Supt. Neil Miro. Abrahano will be assigned in the police regional office. Abrahano had been the city’s police for more than three years.
In Sual, P/Senior Inspector June Tabigo-on was succeeded by P/Chief Inspector Roderick Gonzales.
The revamp is expected to be completed next week.
Pimentel, a native of San Quintin town, appealed to the community to cooperate with their local police that have been ordered to focus on the war contra drugs.
During the command conference in Pangasinan presided by Pimentel, P/Supt. Jack Candelario reported that Pangasinan PPO conducted 199 drug operations that resulted in the arrest of 253 drug personalities, confiscation of 248.3 grams of shabu and 27.7 grams of marijuana with street value of P1.6 million.
He added 55 drugs personalities were killed, out of which 18 were killed in armed encounter, 28 drug personalities killed in shooting incidents while 9 corpses of drug personalities believed to be victims of summary executions were found.
So far, 9,107 drug personalities surrendered (8,803 are users and 298 are pushers) for the period July 1 to 30. (Tita Roces/Nora Dominguez)