Philippines

3 ranking police officials relieved from post

3 ranking police officials relieved from post

By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan  

PNP chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa. (PNA file photo by Joey Razon)

MANILA — Three ranking police officials were relieved from their posts effective on Thursday.

In an order signed by Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa, relieved from their posts were Brig. Gen. Valeriano de Leon, Police Regional Office 7 (Central Visayas) director; Col. Emma Libunao, Bulacan Provincial Police Office (PPO) director, and Col. Gil Francis Tria, deputy director for operations of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG).

De Leon, Libunao and Tria are reassigned to the Office of the Chief PNP in Camp Crame. 

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro, then deputy regional director for operations of the National Capital Region Police Office, replaced de Leon as PRO 7 director.

De Leon was previously called out by Gamboa after three police officials in Central Visayas were relieved after being caught playing golf during weekdays. 

Gamboa, meanwhile, reminded all regional directors of the PNP’s hardline stance against all forms of illegal gambling activities and other crimes against public morals in their areas of jurisdiction.

He said the relief and reassignment of police officials to key posts are based on the evaluation of factors such as performance and the campaigns against illegal drugs, illegal gambling, rogue cops, and failure to adhere to command policies. (PNA)

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