By Ria Fernandez
Davao City’s former top cop is now the chief of the Manila Police District (MPD).
Senior Superintendent Vicente Danao, Jr. replaced Chief Superintendent Rolando Anduyan effective Nov. 8, 2018 as ordered by the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Meanwhile, Anduyan, who is currently on leave, will be heading the Northern Police District (NPD) effective Nov. 17.
Danao was previously assigned to the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).
He was also appointed by Malacañang as commander of the National Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force, which is under the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), last April 27, 2017.
He was also the chief of police in Davao City under then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
During the arrival honors at the MPD Quadrangle on Thursday afternoon, he said that he would focus on internal cleansing and he would maximize police visibility for crime prevention.
Asked about war on drugs, Danao said, “Maghintay na lang po kayo.”
He also warned drug dealers and pushers to stop their illegal activities. “If you don’t stop diyan sa illegal activity na ‘yan, then kapag nagpang- abot tayo may kalalagyan talaga kayo.”
However, he reiterated that the war on drugs will be “less bloodier” if the public would cooperate with the police.
Danao also plans to establish a hotline number where the public can easily report crimes especially police scalawags.
“I also urge each and every member of the Manila Police District to bring back the old glory of Manila’s finest,” he said. (with reports from Erma Edera)