‘Lousy’ police chiefs in W. Visayas face ax

A REVAMP of city, provincial, and municipal police chiefs in Western Visayas is in the offing. (Jennifer P. Rendon/file)

CHIEFS of police of some towns and component cities in Western Visayas with subpar performance will soon be packing their bags.

This, as Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao, Police Regional Office (PRO-6) director, confirmed that he will reshuffle police chiefs all over the region.

Senior Superintendent Canilo Fuentes, chief of the Regional Personnel and Human Resource Doctrine Development (RPHRDD), already briefed Bulalacao on the initial results of the deliberation conducted by the PNP Regional Oversight Committee.

“We are now in the process of evaluating the performance of our chiefs of police. Soon, we will relieve some of them,” Bulalacao warned.

He claimed that different parameters were used in gauging the performance of field commanders.

“It’s not only illegal drugs but all aspect of police operations performance,” he added.

Bulalacao said they looked into their performance since he assumed the PRO-6 helm on June 1, 2018

“It’s a small percentage of the 147 chiefs of police all over the region,” he added.

While others might have fallen short in their performance against illegal drugs, Bulalacao said other anti-criminality operations are also factors in the revamp.

Officers who would be relieved will be transferred to another province or city in the region.

“There are still parameters that are being considered so that their transfer outside the province or city is justified,” he said, adding that they will also discuss the new assignments of affected officers.

In Iloilo province, PRO-6 reports indicated that at least 17 chiefs of police posted low performance in illegal drug operations.

But not all of them will be relieved since others performed well in arresting wanted persons and crime solution efficiency.

If necessary, Bulalacao warned that the relief could affect the city or provincial police directors.

He already announced the possible relief of Senior Superintendent Julio Gustilo, Guimaras provincial police chief, due to zero anti-illegal drugs operations for two months.

There were reports that Senior Superintendent Samuel Nacion of Capiz Provincial Police Office (CPPO) and Senior Supt. Leo Agpangan of Antique PPO might also be relieved but because of their performance but because they already exhausted their two-year tenure.

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