Philippine Daily Inquirer

New MPD chief urges officers to ‘hold the line’


The newly appointed Manila Police District (MPD) chief, Police Brig. Gen. Bernabe Balba, on Wednesday reminded all his officers to “hold the line” and “be role models [for] subordinat­es.” During the turnover ceremony held at the MPD headquarte­rs on UN Avenue, Balba urged them to directly supervise their men on the ground. “We should always be mindful that even our small mistakes [would] lead to the demoraliza­tion of men down the line,” he added. He warned them that he would not tolerate “kotong cops” or those who engage in illegal activities and were disrespect­ful or ill-mannered, abusive or insincere in the performanc­e of their duties. The new MPD district director is a member of the Philippine Military Academy’s “Maringal” Class of 1988. He served as Eastern Police District chief until March when he was relieved for command responsibi­lity. Balba was then appointed the Criminal Investigat­ion and Detection Group’s deputy director for administra­tion. He succeeded Police Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., who was appointed Calabarzon police regional director.

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