Ortiz, Dagupan’s new police chief; Miro to Urdaneta

THE Dagupan City Police Station (DCPS) has a new officer-in-charge – P/Supt. Franklin Ortiz – as chief of police, vice P/Supt. Neil Miro who was re-assigned as chief of police of Urdaneta City.

Ortiz, formerly with PNP’s Special Action Force (SAF), was born in Itogon, Benguet although his parents are from Binalonan and Umingan, Pangasinan.

The change of command between Miro and Ortiz took place Saturday at the Dagupan City Police Station.

Mayor Belen Fernandez (third from right) welcomes new Dagupan Police Chief P/Superintendent Franklin Ortiz (third from right) when he called on her after assuming his post in the morning of April 8. Ortiz vowed to continue and sustain the anti-drug and anti-criminality campaign of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the Philippine National Police. With the mayor in welcoming Ortiz were department heads. 

Ortiz pledged to sustain and continue the unfinished work of Miro particularly in the city’s war on drugs, in his courtesy call at the office of Mayor Belen Fernandez after the turnover.

Miro, who assumed his post as OIC at the DCPS on August 2, 2016, moves to Urdaneta after only eight months, considered as the shortest stint ever by any OIC chief of police of Dagupan.

Under Miro, 28 barangays were already declared as drug-free with only three–Pugaro, Calmay and Barangay 2&3 remaining to be cleared.

But Miro said on Thursday in a press conference who then had no inkling about his new assignment, that he is considering reverting the status of some barangays to being ‘affected’ after the police arrested 15 drug personalities in some of the barangays already declared as ‘drug-cleared’ in the three-day “One-Time, Big-Time” operation under Project Double Barrel Reloaded.

Ortiz said he will pursue the re-assessment of all the barangays to determine if they remain drug-free.

Miro will take over from P/Supt. Jackie Candelario as OIC at the Urdaneta City Police Station who assumed the post in a concurrent capacity being the deputy provincial police director for operations. (Leonardo Micua)