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New CAR police director gets post 33 years after 1st day in PMA

Police Brigadier General, Ronald Oliver Lee (right) receives the Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PRO-COR) flag from outgoing Regional Director Police Brigadier General, R'win S. Pagkalinawan during the turnover of command ceremony held at in Camp Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet on Monday afternoon. Photo by CESAR REYES

ON April 5, 1988, he took his oath as a very young Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadet and member of the PMA ‘Tanglaw-Diwa’ Class of 1992.

Exactly 33 years after, that cadet, now Brigadier General Ronald O. Lee was designated by Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, General Debold M. Sinas as the new Cordillera Police Regional Office director making his trip to Baguio City more sentimental last week.

Last Monday, Lee, erstwhile director of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PNP- DEG) assumed his new post as Cordillera police director vice Brig. Gen. R’win S. Pagkalinawan, another bemedalled member of PMA ‘Maringal’ Class of 1988 who received the Medalya ng Katapatan sa Paglilingkod of the PNP Distinguished Service Medal for his remarkable stint as PROCOR director from February 2020 to April this year.

The turnover ceremony held at the Cordillera police headquarters in Camp Major Bado Dangwa in La Trinidad, Benguet was presided by another former Cordillera police director, newly-promoted Lieutenant Gen. Israel Ephraim T. Dickson, currently head of the PNP Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Northern Luzon.

It was under Dickson when the Cordillera police force in 2019 was recognized as the ‘Home of the Most Disciplined Cops.’

The men and women of the Cordillera police officially welcomed their new director as the latter received the PROCOR flag and Inventory Book from Pagkalinawan symbolizing the passing of authority and responsibilities entailed by the position.

Lee acknowledged the advocacies of his predecessors and committed to continue their best practices to promote peace and order in the Cordillera region.

He also reminded PROCOR personnel to be role models when it comes to discipline and reforms. Lee said that under his command, there will be no compromise when it comes to punishing erring members of the local police force specifically those who will be found involved in illegal drug activities and other irregularities.

Lee added that the ‘good performers’ will be honored as part of their ‘reward and punishment program.’