New Malaybalay police chief named

MALAYBALAY CITY  (Bukidnon News/12 February) The Philippine National
Police 10 regional office has named a new Malaybalay City police chief
to replace Supt. Erwin Bayani Meneses, who was reported to have
completed his tour of duty in the city, P/Supt. Canilo Fuentes said.

Fuentes, who is the deputy police director for administration, told
reporters Friday the regional office named the Bukidnon Police
Provincial Office (BPPO) incumbent deputy director for operations,
P/Supt. Oscar P. Jacildo as the city’s new chief of police.

Jacildo was the choice of Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri out from five names
recommended by the PNP, which the latter confirmed to MindaNews in an
SMS Sunday afternoon.  The new police chief is a member of the
Philippine National Police Academy Batch 1995.

Zubiri said the turnover of command will be held Monday. Meneses’ tour
of duty was reported to have ended in October 2011.

But the PNP named two new city police chiefs in five days.

Fuentes cited that Zubiri earlier declined to accept the name floated
by the regional police office, which reportedly caused a stir. He said
the PNP 10’s initial choice was Supt. Michael John Deloso, who is
presently with the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO).

According to Republic Act 8551 or the Philippine National Police Act,
it is the Regional Officers’ Placement Board who recommends a list of
five candidates for the choice of police chief.

But it is the local chief executive who will pick his choice out from
the ROPB list.

On February 6, P/Supt. Rustom Duran, Bukidnon police director, upon
order of P/Chief Supt.
Jufel C. Adriatico, PNP 10 chief, issued an order naming Deloso.

But Fuentes said the police hierarchy issued another order on February
10 cancelling the previous order and naming Jacildo.

Fuentes said Zubiri threatened to pull out support of the local
government to the Malaybalay City Police Office if Deloso got the
position.

Deloso eventually gave way, Fuentes said Friday afternoon.

But Fuentes did not elaborate on why the regional police office
initially opted for Deloso when he was not the local chief executive’s
choice.

The change in command in the local police chief comes in time with the
start of the month long Kaamulan 2012, which is held annually in the
city of Malaybalay. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News)

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