‘No revamp of city, provincial police chiefs’

ILOILO City – Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, director of the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6), is not keen on reshuffling city and provincial police directors. For now.

“I’m still observing their performance,” he explained.

Pamuspusan was appointed to the PRO-6 only in June.

Though a revamp is unlike at this time, he said “those with poor performance” especially in the campaign against illegal drugs would be meted with sanctions.

He did not say what the sanctions would be.

Should there be changes in city or municipal police chiefs, said Pamuspusan, this would be due to mayors exercising their prerogative to choose their police chiefs.

Among the provincial police offices in the region, only the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) is certain to have a new director. Police Colonel Marlon Tayaba will be moving to the PRO-6 as chief of directorial staff.

“Except for the IPPO there will be no movement of unit commanders, maybe only some police chiefs,” said Pamuspusan.

Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. chose Police Colonel Roland Vilela to replace Tayaba.

Vilela, head of the Police Regional Office 2’s Comptroller Division, is a graduate of the Philippine National Police Academy, Class 1997.

On the other hand, Guimaras’ Police Colonel Hector Maestral is now full-fledged police provincial director from just an officer-in-charge. Gov. Samuel Gumarin confirmed his appointment.

Pamuspusan had vowed to continue the internal cleansing in the PRO-6 started by his predecessor, Police Brigadier General John Bulalacao.

He also said curbing crimes is another priority together with the campaign against illegal drugs.

“I assure the men and women of PRO-6 that I will not demand from you those which I am not willing to do myself,” said Pamuspusan whose last assignment was as chief of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Headquarters Support Service in Camp Crame.

The police general also stressed the importance of transparency in police fund management and procurement of equipment, and good police-community relations./PN


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