Yanga takes over city police office with blanket authority PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 14:41

While heading the Task Group Archie (TGA), tasked to investigate and solve the gunslaying  of Universidad de Zamboanga president Arturo F. Eustaquio III, Chief Supt. Mario Yanga has been officially designated effective yesterday as Officer-in-Charge of the Zamboanga City Police Office replacing Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo, whose term has already been expired and presently assigned in the Police Regional Office (PRO-9).

The re-entry of Yanga in the ZCPO has nothing to do with the killing of Eustaquio last Sunday but rather a scheduled change of command considering that five names of police officers with the rank of Sr. Supt. (Colonel) have already been submitted by PRO-9 to the Office of the Mayor last March 29, 2012.

“It was just so timely that the incident happened before the change of command takes place. Since Yanga was tasked to lead the Task group, we decided to designate him (upon clearance from Camp Crame) as OIC to maintain stability and continuity in the supervision and operation of the police office while I’m still going into the process of evaluating as to the right person to lead the police office,” said Mayor Celso Lobregat during a press briefing yesterday at the City Hall conference room.

Yanga will now then serve as OIC city police director in concurrent capacity as the Deputy Regional Director for Administration (DRDA) in PRO-9.

In a letter order from PNP, de Ocampo’s term has been terminated as acting police director and another order, which were both read by Lobregat during the press conference, designated Gen. Yanga as the chief of TGA in addition to his task as OIC of the ZCPO with blanket authority given by  Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Napoleon Estilles like reshuffling of non-performing police officers under ZCPO.

TGA was immediately created by the PRO-9 under the leadership of Chief Supt. Estilles and Mayor Lobregat to fasttrack the investigation of Eusraquio’s killing.

Jointly, the city government and PRO-9 have put up a reward of P100,000 for anyone who would be able to assist authorities in the early solution of the case.

Yanga vowed to concentrate more on the solution of Eustaquio case as he expressed belief that with the help of the populace and the decisive members of TGA, “the case will easily be resolved.”

However, Yanga, who has served twice as city police director during the time of the late mayor Maria Clara Lobregat and twice also during Mayor Celso Lobregat’s term,  said there is no specific time table for him to solve the brutal killing of the UZ president “because we don’t want to pressure ourselves otherwise, we’ll be ending up filing cases against the wrong persons.”

“My primary job now is to identify the suspects and the possible motive of the killing. What can I commit is that, we will do our best to solve the crime and other previous and similar crimes the soonest possible time,” Yanga vowed.— Jimmy Villaflores