ROGUES and criminals beware.
Don’t mess up with newly-installed Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group director, Chief Superintendent Amador V. Corpus, a crime fighter and great investigator in all his assignments, the last as head of the Police Regional Office 3 in Central Luzon.
Corpus last week took over as the new PNP-CIDG head vice his newly-retired mistah from Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986, Director Roel B. Obusan.
Corpus was replaced as Central Luzon police director by Chief Supt. Joel Napoleon M. Coronel of PMA ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987. Coronel used to be the Deputy Regional Director for Administration of the National Capital Region Police Office.
As CIDG director, Corpus will be clothed with the power to issue subpoena to ‘all persons of interest’ in any ongoing investigation of corruption, drugs, economic sabotage and other major crimes as ordered by President Duterte. The subpoena power will give him the authority to even compel politicians and other powerful and influential personalities to submit themselves to a CIDG investigation if warranted unlike in the past when CIDG invitations were merely ignored by respondents.
Corpus will earn his 2nd-star with his designation as head of the PNP-CIDG, the main PNP investigating unit. Corpus is known for his disciplinary ways and uncanny ways to solve crime in his assignments which saw him become the director of the Zamboanga City Police Office, the Tarlac Police Provincial Office, the Regional Highway Patrol Unit 3 and later the PRO3 where he led his men in solving major crimes including the murder of a priest and politician, the Journal Group learned.
“With deep gratitude and humility, I now accept this new mantle of responsibility given me as the new director of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Deteciton Group. And I thank the Chief PNP, Police Director General Oscar D. Albayalde for his trust and confidence in men and for giving me this opportunity to lead the PNP’s premier investigative arm,” the known disciplinarian said.
Corpus said that being at the helm of the CIDG is a milestone in his career that he never expected to reach “but which I now proudly hold and commit to perform with all my heart and will all the effort I can muster.”
The new PNP-CIDG director called for the support and cooperation of every member of the group as they pursue with greater resolve and determination the CIDG mission along the program set forth by Gen. Albayalde.
“The times call for a reformed, stronger, tougher and more capable law enforcement, especially in the light of the relentless war on illegal drugs, crime and other forms of lawlessness across the nation. And a crucial part of this is the need for stronger and highly capable investigative capabilities in support to the overall PNP mission,” he explained.
“While the PNP has achieved tremendous gains these past two years under the present national administration, there is need to achieve more. And it is along this line that I have set my priorities for the coming months,” he said.
Corpus emphasized the need to sustain the existing CIDG programs and projects and carry out improvements if needed.
Corpus said during his term, internal reforms will be given a strong push as they abide by Gen. Albayalde’s objective to instill greater discipline and respect among PNP personnel.
Corpus said they will also be banking anew on the great support of the community in doing their mission. “As we now get down to business, I ask every member of this group to place the call of duty above all other concerns, and let us together perform our tasks with the highest degree of integrity, discipline and honor. Let us maintain our dignity as men and women in uniform as we enforce the laws of the land without fear or favor.
Let us draw inspiration from the President’s call for positive change in the country, and give our humble share as the nation’s servants and protectors,” he said in rallying his men to bring the CIDG to even greater levels of achievement and performance.