SENIOR Superintendent Jack Wanky was relieved from his post as acting director of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) effective Tuesday, October 10.
This was announced by Senior Superintendent Jesus Cambay Jr., deputy regional director for operations of Police Regional Office (PRO)-Western Visayas, during the pre-deployment briefing of augmentation personnel from PRO-Western Visayas held at the BCPO headquarters Tuesday afternoon.
Wanky, who was transferred to the PRO-Western Visayas headquarters in Iloilo City, was succeeded by Superintendent Rhoderick Minong, commander of the Regional Public Safety Battalion-Western Visayas.
Minong immediately paid a courtesy call to Mayor Evelio Leonardia at the Bacolod City Government Center.
Cambay said that Wanky did a good job, but there were isolated cases of crimes that increased public fear.
Wanky was relieved on the heels of the series of robbery hold-up incidents in the city that prompted viral social media posts depicting Bacolod as no longer safe.
“Through the intervention of Superintendent Minong, we hope that the level of confidence of people in Bacolod City will increase,” Cambay said.
Wanky, who served as acting director of BCPO for nine months, expressed his gratitude to Leonardia for giving him the chance to serve Bacolod even for a short time.
“It was really a good experience,” Wanky said. “Anytime we can be replaced and assigned to other units.”
Minong, a native of Cordillera, said that Bacolod is not new to him because he used to visit the city, and also Victorias City, where the Special Action Force headquarters is located.
He will do his best to maintain the peace and order in Bacolod, he said.
Cambay said the PRO-Western Visayas fully supports the aspirations of the mayor that Bacolod should be a model city and a business-friendly city, and that the MassKara Festival should be the safest and most orderly festival in country.
“That is why we have a drastic change, a change that will be felt, a change that will hopefully reduce isolated incidents of crimes, and reduce the fear of crimes of our constituents, visitors, and stakeholders,” he added.
The PRO-Western Visayas Tuesday deployed about 400 policemen to Bacolod to augment the security forces for the MassKara Festival.