40 police chiefs here reshuffled

108 AFFECTED IN REGION 1

LINGAYEN—To keep police’s impartiality in the May elections, the PNP regional office reshuffled postings of 108 police chiefs in the Ilocos Region effective January 3.

P/Superintendent Mary Crystal Peralta, Police Regional Office 1 spokesperson, said the move was aimed to avoid familiarity of police chiefs with candidates in their respective areas who are running in the May elections.

In Pangasinan, 40 police chiefs were reshuffled and reassigned to different town on order of P/Senior Superintendent Wilson Lopez, Pangasinan police provincial director.

Lopez, however, clarified that there may still be more of the remaining 10 chiefs of police who may be reshuffled by the end of January or the first week of February this year depending on the evaluation being completed by his office.

Most of those reshuffled already exceeded their two-year tour of duty in their respective posts, some were due for schooling and a others were reshuffled in preparation for the coming election.  Those who had just assumed their new posts as OIC chiefs of police will remain in their posts.

At the same time, he revealed there are two officers from other provincial commands who just joined the the Pangasinan PNP and were designated as new chief of police.

As ordered, P/Supt. Rollifer Capoquian is now OIC chief of police of San Carlos City; S/Supt. John K. Guiagui, one of two new PNP officers, is OIC of Urdaneta City, P/Supt. Franklin Ortiz is new OIC chief of police of Calasiao, P/Supt. P/Supt. Edgar Casison is chief of 2nd Pangasinan Mobile Force Company 2nd; P/Supt. Charlie Umayam is chief in Binmaley, P/Supt. Gaston Cafongtan is chief in Lingayen.

P/CI Arvin Jacob is chief of police of Sta. Barbara. P/CI Melecio Mina is chief in San Fabian. P/Chief Inspector Christopher Valerio is chief in Alcala. P/CI Reinweck Alamay is chief in Manaoag, and P/CI Gilbert Ferrer is chief in San Manuel,

P/CI Noel Cabacungan is chief in Bani, P/CI Rommel Bagsic is chief in Binalonan, P/CI Gilbert Ferrer is chief in San Manuel, P/CI Benjamin Zarate Jr. in Urbiztondo, and P/CI Leonardo Zacarias in Asingan.

Also relieved were Chief Inspector Michael Datuin. OIC chief of police of Sison, P/Senior Inspector Samuel Gamaliel Arcano, OIC chief of police, San Quintin; P/SI Rommel Sembrano, chief of police, Labrador; /P/SI Rogelio Labiano, Bautista; P/SI Reynante Organista, OIC chief of police, San Nicolas; P/SI Regin Cabico, OIC chief of police, Aguilar; PSI Oliver Baniqued, OIC chief of police of Infanta; P/SI Ria Tacderan, OIC chief of police, Natividad; P/SI Rodrigo Lubiano, OIC chief of police, Balungao and P/SI Geraldo Payopay, OIC chief of police, Dasol, P/CI Jake Isidro, P/CI Aurelio Manantan, P/CI Ador Tayag, OIC chief of police of Asingan.

Others designated were Chief Inspector Alfredo Padilla Jr.  OIC of Sison; P/SI Renato Gaccad to San Quintin; P/Sl Cabico to Labrador; P/SI Rivera to Bautista; P/SI Antonio Cuaresma to San Nicolas; Sembrano to Aguilar, Payopay to Infanta, Datuin to Laoac, Arcano to Provincial Intelligence Branch; Organista to Balingao, Baniqued to Dasol and Lubiano to Sta. Maria.

The names of P/Superintendents Ferdinand De Asis of San Carlos City and Mona Lisa Asis of Binmaley were not in the list of new designations made available to the media by the PNP Police Provincial Office.

Meanwhile, Peralta said only 125 police chiefs in Region 1 were not transferred since they have been recently assigned to their posts barely three months earlier.

Those who have already occupied their posts for more than two years were the first to be  ordered to another area, she added.

She also pointed out that in addition to reassigned police chiefs, police non-commissioned officers who have relatives running in the coming elections in their areas were re-assigned to new posts.

She said new assignments are not limited to posts within the province but to other towns outside their provinces in a locality that needs officers with their ranks.

The order for the reshuffle dated January 2 and was implemented on Jan. 3.

So far, only the provincial director of Ilocos Sur was affected by the reshuffling of provincial  directors(Leonardo Micua/PhilStar Wire Service)

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