PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Debold M. Sinas on Friday named new directors of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group and the Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group in the wake of his vow to launch a more aggressive war on drugs and rogues in police uniform.
Named PNP-DEG director was Brigadier Gen. Ronald O. Lee, a member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Tanglaw Diwa’ Class of 1992, while Colonel Thomas R. Frias Jr. of PNP Academy Class 1993 was designated as new PNP-IMEG director. Frias used to be
Lee replaced Brig. Gen. Armando S. de Leon while Frias succeeded Brig. Gen. Benjamin C. Acorda Jr. Both de Leon and Acorda are products of PMA ‘Sambisig’ Class of 1991.
De Leon was designated as Deputy Director of the PNP Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development, the erstwhile position of Lee while Acorda was assigned at the Personnel Holding Administative Unit of the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management.
The PNP chief likewise named Brig. Gen. Ildebrandi N. Usana, the erstwhile PNP Human Rights Affairs Office director as the acting PNP spokesman and chief of the PNP Public Information Office. He replaced Col. Ysmael S. Yu Jr., also of PMA Class 1992 who was temporarily assigned to the DPRM-PHAU.
Usana, a member of PNPA Class 1988 used to be Gen. Sinas’ deputy at the Police Regional Office 7 in Central Visayas. He will be replaced by Colonel Vincent Calanonga of PNPA Class 1991.
Based on PNP policy, the spokesperson is the official mouthpiece and publicist of the PNP on public information matters involving internal security and general peace and order and the accomplishments of the PNP.
Other new postings in the PNP were the following: Col. Noel Flores transferred from the NCRPO to the PRO7; Col. Randy Peralta from PRO7 to the PNP Civil Security Group; and Col. Ramil Labastida, from the Office of the Chief PNP-Permit-to-Carry-Firearms-Outside-of-Residence to the PNP Highway Patrol Group.
Gen. Sinas last Tuesday ordered a strict ‘no take policy’ among his officers and men vowing to go after any member of the police who continue to get money from all illegal sources in the country.
“We will continue to religiously enforce and honestly the ‘No-Take Policy’ on illegal funds from drug lords, gambling lords and other illegal sources of funds,” he said.
The PNP chief also ordered the revitalization of different PNP drug enforcement units to focus their operations against ‘high-value targets/individuals’ and in the identification and neutralization of the remaining ‘ninja and narco-cops’ including their associates.
He said that he wants all PNP drug enforcement units to be manned by personnel with no reported or suspected involvement with illegal drugs to ensure its integrity.
NEW PNP-DEG DIRECTOR A DANGAL NG BAYAN AWARDEE
Prior to his designation as PNP-DEG director, Brig. Gen. Lee last Monday was conferred the Presidential Lingkod Bayan and Dangal ng Bayan award by the Civil Service Commission-National Capital Region during simple rites at Camp Crame.
Now retired PNPA director, Major Gen. Gilbert DC Cruz also got the same prestigious award.
Lee got the CSC 2020 Dangal ng Bayan Regional Award for his extraordinary leadership and excellent management skills/
Lee used to be the PNP-IMEG director where he got his star-rank.
Under its Honor Awards Program (HAP), the Civil Service Commission-NCR chose the awardees from many nominees whose service and contributions in helping shape better communities leave lasting impact to the people.
The award was given during the celebration of the 120th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary. The citation was part of CSC’s advocacy of promoting excellence and recognizing public servants for outstanding performance, contribution and achievements, and consistent manifestation of exemplary ethical behavior in the civil service.
The award is one of the highest recognition given to state workers.