AS you were reading this, dear readers, the news is all over that our good friend, NCRPO director, PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar, has ordered the relief of Eastern Police District (EPD) director, PBGen. Christopher Tambungan.
Only last March, Tambungan, also a good friend of yours truly, was the “personal choice” of PNP chief, Oscar Albayalde and Eleazar, to take the handle of situation at the EPD in place of PBGen. Bernabe Balba, after an operative of the EPD’s anti-drug unit was caught by Eleazar— no less— for robbery-extortion.
Tambungan, of course, has gained the “reputation” as a “very strict” police official, especially during his stint as the “Number 2” man at the MPD (deputy director for administration), where he would not hesitate to punish any erring member of the police force.
And which is probably among the reasons why he was tapped to take over the EPD, which, rightly or wrongly, has been perceived as among the most “problematic” police districts in the National Capital Region (years ago, the biggest “shabu tiangge” in Metro Manila would be found in Pasig City, which is under the jurisdiction of the EPD).
Apparently, however, Tambungan “went overboard” in an incident with an EPD policewoman from the San Juan Police Office last May 12 of which the video went “viral” in social media two days ago.
Eleazar, who has only praises for the police command also just days ago with the arrest of several members of a drug syndicate and the confiscation of more than P6 million worth of shabu in Mandaluyong City, again showed to everybody that despite this laudable accomplishment by the EPD under Tambungan, the rule of conduct for any police officer must prevail.
He had to let go of Tambungan, “pending the result of a full and impartial investigation of the matter” (with the policewoman).
Kumbaga, muling ipinakita ni Gen. Eleazar na sa ilalim ng kanyang pamumuno, hindi “uso” ang “palakasan.”
And which brings people into thinking: Is this not the “brand of leadership and management” that is being desired by our citizens when it comes to our police force?
That anyone, no matter how high the position, should be given the same level of disciplinary action as the rest of those in our national police organisation?
With Gen. Eleazar at the helm after PNP chief Oca’s term ends in a few months, there would not only be continuity of the same level of discipline being demanded by the PNP chief in the officer corps.
But more importantly, the “message” to our citizenry would be clear: any policeman in whatever place in the country should do their jobs with dedication, humility and professionalism. Otherwise…
As it is, the country— and Pres. Digong for that matter— is already reaping the result of the firm but fair leadership of Gen. Eleazar at the NCRPO, if we are to consider that under...
...him, the crime situation in the nation’s capital and immediate environs had improved by more than 50 percent.
And how much more can the country gain in terms of an improvement in the national crime situation and our overall peace and order situation if he gets to be appointed as the next Chief PNP?
What do you think, DILG secretary, Ed Año?