Bukidnon’s new police director picked through ‘secret balloting’

MALAYBALAY CITY – The new Bukidnon police director was a choice of the plurality of the chiefs of police of Bukidnon’s 20 towns and two cities, Gov. Alex Calingasan admitted to Bukidnon News.

S/Supt. Rustom Duran of the Philippine National Police Regional Police Community Relations Division (RPCRD) was installed Friday as the new provincial police director of Bukidnon, following the relief of Senior Supt. Cristito Rey Gonzalodo and Malitbog police chief Inspector Alexander Eugenio in May for their failure to thwart the attack on the town’s [police] station by suspected New People’s Army rebels.

He prevailed over two other candidates shortlisted by the police regional office from those who applied for the post in Camp Crame.

Duran vowed to do his “best to stop criminality in the province” in his brief acceptance speech. Calingasan noted in his remarks the growing criminality in the province, but that “the situation in Bukidnon is better off compared to the rest of the country”.

Calingasan said in an interview that in his desire to pick a police director who has the confidence of the chiefs of police and who can work with local officials harmoniously, he opted for a secret balloting to determine who gets most of the support before he endorsed his choice to the regional police office.

The governor summoned all the police chiefs to the PPDO Conference Hall in Malaybalay City on Aug. 3 for the voting.

He noted that Duran was not the first choice of the Bukidnon Mayors’ League.

The count was close with Duran getting nine votes, the highest number, followed by another candidate who got eight. The third candidate got six. The 23rd vote came from the representative of the provincial police office, Calingasan said.

The governor said Duran, who was former police chief of Valencia City and police director of Camiguin, was also his choice because he is a native of Malaybalay City and now a resident of Valencia City.

But he preferred Gonzalodo over Duran when he first picked a bet among those who applied to be Bukidnon police director earlier this year. Gonzalodo has served as previously served as Basilan police director and at the PNP Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Western Mindanao.

Calingasan faced criticism for choosing Gonzalodo, especially following the latter’s relief. (Walter I. Balane)

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