KUDOS to Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde for his great effort in arresting crime, drugs and corruption in the 190,000-strong police force. I have it from many highly-informed sources that the current PNP chief is also trying to right the wrong when it comes to the PNP placement and promotion specifically when it comes to designating Police Regional Directors or RDs.
Placing the right man at the right job is very crucial in the success of any police endeavor and Gen. Albayalde is already proving that he is ready to relieve even his mistahs from Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 if they fail to perform their job according to expectations by his powerful PNP Oversight Committee. To the others who are waiting to be an RD, I say that your time will come.
This Committee has been recommending the best official for the job by thoroughly examining their track record and service reputation and most importantly, how they have been performing in their job. In short, all our RDs have no ‘torrens title’ on their position and they could be immediately relieved from their post once they fail to pass the grade. Another official, PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Deputy Director General Archie Gamboa, a lawyer-classmate of Gen. Albayalde is also seeing to it that only those who are qualified can join the PNP Star-Rank, bereft of any outside influence and their ‘sipsip’ activities and taking into great consideration their track record and service reputation.
At present, there are 15 Peemayers and 2 PNP Academy graduates or ‘Lakans’ who are police RDs, the latest of them Chief Superintendents Ringo Licup and Tom Apolinario Jr. of PMA ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987 and Gilbert Cruz of PNPA Class 1986.
Licup, the erstwhile Police Regional Office 4-B regional director in Mimaropa region is now the new PRO9 director in Western Mindanao vice newly-retired Chief Supt. Billy Beltran of PMA ‘Sandiwa’ Class of 1985. I have known Licup since his much younger days with the now defunct PNP Narcotics Command headed by then Chief Supt. Reynor Gonzales, an official who would later become a 3-time mayor of Lambunao, Iloilo.
I remembered Licup supervising some major anti-drug operations by the Narcom, even posing as a ‘Japanese’ in order to bust a big drug syndicate at one time. He would later join the Police Regional Office 11 in Southern Mindanao as its Regional Public Safety Battalion during the term of another friend, General, now Customs chief Sid Lapeña of PMA Class 1973.
Apolinario, the younger brother of erstwhile PNP Deputy Chief for Administration, now retired Gen. Ramon Apolinario replaced Licup as Mimaropa police director. The young Apolinario’s worthy successor as Southern Police District director is another friend, Senior Supt. Ely Cruz of PMA ‘Bigkis Lahi’ Class of 1990, a bemedalled police officer who gained fame while assigned with the Nueva Ecija and Cavite police provincial offices before joining the PNP Highway Patrol Group and later the Northern Police District. As the former PNP-HPG deputy director for administration, HPG’s loss is really SPD’s gain.