Chief cops reshuf­fled as elec­tion day nears

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Reporter

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO— As elec­tion pe­riod nears, the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice III (PRO-3) has reshuf­fled po­lice chiefs all over Cen­tral Lu­zon.

Ac­cord­ing to PRO-3 Direc­tor PCSupt. Joel Napoleon Coronel, the reshuf­fling of the 16 chiefs of po­lice in Re­gion III is part of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice’s prepa­ra­tions for the 2019 Mid-term el ect i on s.

He stressed that the re­vamp “does not au­to­mat­i­cally mean that the chiefs of po­lice are un­der­per­form­ing in their du­ties. In­stead, they have al­ready stayed in their posts for the max­i­mum al­low­able pe­riod of two years.

“We are ad­her­ing to the di­rec­tives of higher head­quar­ters and this move­ment was de­lib­er­ated and ap­proved by our re­gional over­sight com­mit­tee. At the same time, it is the na­ture of po­lice work, es­pe­cially po­lice of­fi­cials to be as­signed to dif­fer­ent fields to fur­ther test their ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” Coronel said.

“I also gave di­rec­tives to all our pro­vin­cial and­c­ity po­lice of­fices to go ‘tooth and nail’in our ag­gres­sive oper­a­tions against crim­i­nals and gun­for-hire syn­di­cates as well as stern im­ple­men­ta­tion of the gun ban to en­sure the peace­ful hold­ing of cred­i­ble and fair elec­tions this May,” he added.

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