By FLORO L. MERCENE
National Capital Region Police chief Major Gen. Guillermo Eleazar meant business by relieving Eastern Police District (EPD) Director Brig. Gen. Christopher Tambungan for assaulting a lady cop in San Juan.
Eleazar issued a warning to all his commanders in Metro Manila to treat their subordinates with respect after seeing the CCTV footage of Tambungan’s abusive acts Tambungan is the second general to be relieved by Eleazar in the last few months, having sacked in March Brig.Gen. Bernabe Balba of the EPD for command responsibility.
Since assuming his post in June last year, Eleazar has been going after police scalawags. In recent months, he relieved the police chiefs of Pasay, Taguig, Las Piñas and Caloocan, as well as dozens of misfits and bad eggs in the NCR police service.
Violent crimes in Metro Manila like murder, homicide, physical injuries, rape, robbery, theft, and carjacking dropped to 57.69 percent in the first 35 months of the Duterte administration.
Various surveys attributed the decline in crime ratio to two major policies started by former PNP chief and Senator-elect Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, and incumbent PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde – the war on drugs and the PNP’s internal cleansing.
Metro Manila’s peace and order index has significantly contributed to the 72 plus net approval rating of President Duterte (SWS), attained despite last year’s runaway inflation rates, spike in fuel prices, and the rice and water shortage crises.
President Duterte’s rating went up by 5 points in Metro Manila, always critical to every administration.
Eleazar’s leadership style is what the PNP needs at this time when instilling discipline and recovering a tarnished image are of major priorities.
President Duterte may soon be scouting for a possible replacement for PNP chief Albayalde, expected to retire in October this year.
Mr. Duterte cannot afford to make a mistake when he is already ahead in the battle against criminality, most specifically in Metro Manila, the country’s window to the world.
The country will be best served if Eleazar is extolled to the PNP’s highest post.
A wise jockey will never change a winning horse in the middle of a difficult race.
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