By Aaron Recuenco
From zero to low performance in the campaign against illegal drugs, a total of 24 police chiefs were sacked from their posts, the first mass relief of police commanders on war on drugs.
Chief Supt. Emmanuel Luis Licup, director of the MIMAROPA (Mindoro Oriental and Occidental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) regional police, said the decision to relieve the 24 chiefs of police was made after a review of the performance of police commanders in the region from December 5 to May 31 this year.
“Based on the recommendation of our regional Oversight Committee, these officers were found to have failed to meet the requirements set on the number of accomplishments in their anti-illegal drugs operations,” said Licup.
Sacked were the chiefs of police of the towns of Bongabong, Bulalacao, San Teodoro and Mansalay in Oriental Mindoro; the municipalities of Looc, Lubang, Calintaan, Paluan, and Abra de Ilog in Occidental Mindoro; and, the towns of Alcantara, Calatrava, San Agustin, Sta Fe, and Ferrol in Romblon.
In Palawan, relieved were the chiefs of police of the towns of Aborlan, Agutaya, Balabac, Bataraza, Brooke’s Point, Culion, Linapacan, and Quezon. The station commander of Irawan Police Station in Puerto Princesa City was also sacked.
“This is in compliance with the order of Chief PNP (Director General Oscar Albayalde) to regularly assess the police commanders and put the right commanders on the right job,” said Licup.
Licup said the sacked chiefs of police will be replaced with new ones whose order is to do more in the conduct of anti-drugs campaign in the region.
The official also warned the remaining 53 police commanders who were spared from relief to conduct more aggressive campaign against illegal drugs in their turf.
“If they fail, they would be facing the same fate with the 24 relieved police commanders,” said Licup.
MIMAROPA, it was recalled, is among the regions with lowest incidents of drugs proliferation. The region is also known for being one of the least bloody conduct of war on drugs.