Climaco supports ongoing PNP revamp PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 August 2016 11:40

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco said the local government fully supports the ongoing revamp implemented in the police organization saying this is done to further intensify anti-crime and anti-illegal drugs efforts.

“There is a revamp that is happening right now to make sure that the police who were revamped will perform better. I am not saying that they have been removed because of certain anomalies, but this is done because we want to improve their capacity to perform,” Mayor Climaco said in an interview over a local television station Thursday morning.

On Wednesday afternoon, the mayor briefly attended the command conference at the Zamboanga City Police Office where she expressed her gratitude for a job well done during the May 2016 elections and for their continued peace and security efforts in the city.

She likewise reaffirmed her administration’s support to the security sector adding that the local government unit will continue to provide logistical support and other requirements not only of the police but of the military and other law enforcement agencies as well.

Mayor Climaco stressed that the renewed anti-crime and anti-illegal drugs efforts that the police force have launched following the assumption of President Rodrigo Duterte and  PNP Chief Ronald de la Rosa are very challenging if not very risky operations.

Nevertheless, she said, the local government along with the barangay councils in the city will support all these police actions to achieve the desired goals.

Per instruction from PNP Chief de la Rosa, police commands from the city down to the provincial level have started instituting revamps following the staunch advocacy against drugs and crimes.

At the ZCPO, the revamp started Wednesday involving 12 police officials. PSupt. Ariel Huesca has been relieved as the Chief of the Police Operations Division and assigned to the Regional Police Office-9 (RPHAU), PCI Joel Tutuh relieved from the administrative branch and designated as Chief of the Operations Branch, PCI Hazel Fernandez relieved as chief Criminal Records Investigation Section and designated as Chief Administrative Branch and concurrent chief, Finance section; PCI Helen Galvez designated as Deputy PCR Branch and concurrent Chief PIO/Spokesperson; PInsp. Ana Santos designated as Chief, Human Rights Desk; PInsp. Mercy Karimuddin designated as Chief, Criminal Records Investigation Section; PSupt. Bonifacio Aranas Jr. relieved as Deputy RID, PRO-9 and assigned to ZCPS 11 and designated as station commander; PSupt. Diomarie Albarico, designated as Deputy City Director for Administration; PSupt. Haywein Salvado, relieved from PS7 and reassigned to City Police Holding and Accounting Unit; PCI Ceasar Memorancion, Deputy SC, PS7 designated as OIC of PS7 and PSI Lymel Pasquin from RID, PRO-9 assigned to PS11.

Meanwhile, when asked to comment on the issue regarding Huesca’s alleged involvement in smuggling activities per report from Agriculture Secretary Manuel Piñol, Mayor Climaco said Huesca has served during the 2013 siege and has performed very well during his stint as head of the Public Safety Company where he served until January 2016.

The Zamboanga Public Safety Company has been awarded as the best unit in the country during the recent police anniversary celebration.

“I can only talk about his service in so far as Zamboanga City is concerned,” the mayor said stressing that the issue on Huesca’s alleged involvement in smuggling activities should be tackled by the police hierarchy and that Huesca has the right to prove his innocence at the proper venue.  — Sheila Covarrubias