Police chief makes good impression on Baguio officials

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014


HE MUST be doing something right.

Baguio City officials recently backed the retention of Baguio City Police Office Director Jesus Cambay Jr. as the city’s police chief.

This after the City Mayor’s Office was informed in a February 18 letter of Police Regional Office-Cordillera regional director Chief Superintendent Isagani Nerez Cambay will be replaced by PRO-Cordillera Regional Operations and Plans Division chief Senior Supt. Rolando Miranda effective March 1.

But in a Council resolution penned by Councilors Leandro Yangot Jr. and Michael Lawana, backed by the august body, they expressed the city government’s uncompromising and full support for the retention of Cambay as BCPO director until his prescribed tour of duty.

According to the resolution, based on existing guidelines municipal, city and provincial police have a tour of duty of at least two years.

This means Cambay may serve until September 2014 after assuming post in September 2012.

“The sudden unilateral replacement of the BCPO director will definitely distort and disrupt the implementation and execution of the security and peace and order programs and plans which were put in place in preparation for the activities since the local police force will have to adjust to the new style of their new head,” the resolution stressed.

“There is a need for the PRO-Cordillera regional director to set aside the planned replacement that would be effectiveMarch 1 in the interest of fair play and due process considering that the incumbent city director has been doing a good job 24/7 and the city government is convinced of his significant accomplishments over the past year and four months as head of the Baguio’s Finest,” the resolution added.

The City Council also plans to invite PRO-Cordillera director Isagani Nerez during their regular session March 10 to explain his reasons for replacing Cambay.

This as officials urged Nerez to act in accordance with Republic Act 6975 or the Interior and Local Government Law.

Meanwhile, Domogan and the City Council also commended the police chief for performing his duties well in terms of lowering various crimes in the city including strategies to maintain peace and order during the ongoing Panagbenga Festival.

This was also seconded by Baguio City’s Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. who also expressed his desire for Cambay to finish his tour of duty.
Mayor Domogan in 2012 chose Cambay as city police director after being given a short list of 5 names.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 26, 2014.

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