Good luck to PNP’s new Regional Directors

AS I correctly predicted last week, there are two new Philippine National Police  Regional Directors or RDs in the country and more are coming in the next few days or weeks depending on the decision from the higher-ups as they usually say, meaning once they are cleared with the Palace.

The two are Brigadier General Froilan Quidilla, a member of PNP Academy Class 1987 and Brig. Gen. Marni Marcos Jr. of Philippine Military Academy ‘Maringal’ Class of 1988. My sources have told me that Quidilla’s ace is his brother who happened to be a classmate from PMA Class 1983 of Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ed Año.

Prior to his designation as Police Regional Office 9 director, Quidilla, the erstwhile Deputy Regional Director for Administration of the PRO4-B in Mimaropa region tried his luck at the PRO1 but failed to get the top Ilocos-Pangasinan police post from now retired Brig. Gen. Mol Sapitula. As everybody knows, Sapitula was replaced by Brig. Gen. Bong Orduña of PMA Class 1988.

Qudilla will be replacing Brig. Gen. Emmanuel ‘Ringo’ Licup, a member of PMA Hinirang’ Class of 1987 who was designated as Deputy Director of the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management barely two weeks after he ensured there will be a generally peaceful and fair national and local elections in Western Mindanao despite the presence of various threat groups and other lawless elements in the region.

Licup actually did what the PNP leadership wanted him to do last May 13, meaning there was no failure of election in any part of the region—that all polling centers opened and closed on time, that all voters who wanted to vote were able to cast their votes, that all election materials were immediately returned to the treasurer’s office without any glitches.

To his credit, Licup and his men ensured a very peaceful May 13 polls in Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay and Isabela City in Basilan.  The elections in those areas were generally peaceful and orderly with only a very few cases of malfunctioning Vote Counting Machines reported on E-Day.                     The official, according to my sources is most likely to become the next PNP Director for Operations upon the retirement this coming August 22 of his classmate, Major Gen. Ma-o Aplasca. What they can’t understand however is why others can’t wait?

Marcos, the director of the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group for more than two years swapped position with his mistah, Brig. Gen. Graciano Mijares of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Police Regional Office. Mijares, the 1st director of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group will retire this coming December 19 or some seven months from now.

The four were designated to their new positions effective yesterday as PNP chief, General Oscar Albayalde approved another round of reorganization in the police force following a recommendation from the PNP Senior Officers Placement and Promotion Board and the powerful PNP Oversight Committee.

The reorganization saw a friend, Colonel Nelson Bondoc,  the erstwhile deputy director of the PNP Engineering Service being named as replacement of Quidilla as PRO4-B’s no. 2 man, a position that will finally earn Bondoc his star-rank.  It’s really worth the long wait for Bondoc who happened to be a former member of PMA Class 1987 until he got dismissed. I was told that he joined the PNP in 1991.

I also learned  that the latest PNP reorganization also affected a number of Metro Manila police chiefs particularly the heads of the Marikina, Caloocan, Valenzuela and Muntinlupa City Police Stations as well as the provincial directors of Tarlac, Zambales, Pangasinan and Quezon.

This after Gen. Albayalde confirmed that the new round of reorganization will affect senior police officers occupying key positions in the Directorial and Special Staff, National Support Units, and Police Regional Offices.

“The latest reorganization is prompted by the series of retirement of senior PNP officials this year, the two year maximum tenure in positions and the Performance Evaluation Rating that created vacancies need to be filled to ensure continuity of command,” Gen. Albayalde said.

MANILA TIMES BLOOPER

The Manila Times’ headline last Monday, May 27 is this: DUTERTE TO PMA GRADUATES: “You know what to do’ if PH isn’t run properly.  There’s nothing wrong with the story except that it had the tagline ‘WITH ALFRED DALIZON.’

I have been a true-blue Journal Group reporter for the past 30 years covering the PNP, thus some friends who saw the story called to ask if I have left People’s Journal and People’s Tonight and transferred already to the Manila Times since they were surprised to see my tagline in that headline news. I saw the newspaper last Monday afternoon and indeed it carried my tagline.

I called a friend from the said newspaper company and I was told that they are still investigating the incident. Call it a mystery but my tagline in the Manila Times’ online edition has been removed. My friend also apologized for the incident. I’m writing this because my name could have been dragged unwittingly if that story was a libelous one.  I also could have been charged in court for an article which I have no inkling about. Right now, I am still waiting for the official explanation on that booboo.