WITH the relief of some commissioned officers from the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) due to their alleged involvement in illegal drugs, the headquarters needs additional officers for the vacated posts.

Senior Inspector Armilyn Vargas, public information officer of BCPO, said on Wednesday there is a shortage of officers in Bacolod.

Ten of the 36 “narco-cops” assigned at BCPO were already relieved.

The latest commissioned officers relieved and transferred to Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao were Chief Inspector Argel Ancheta, chief of Intelligence Branch and Mobile Patrol Group; Chief Inspector Jerick Filosofo, head of Police Community Relations; and Chief Inspector Jeffrey Attunaga, deputy chief of Bacolod Public Safety Company.

The vacated posts of Ancheta and Filosofo will be temporarily assumed by the deputies, Inspector Joven Lavilla and Senior Inspector Emmanuel Misajon, and Senior Inspector Carmelo Nermal.

Earlier relieved were Senior Inspector Gideon Montaño, then chief of Police Station 1 in Bacolod City, and Inspector Stephen Boniba, then deputy chief of Police Station 1.

Vargas said they expect that additional officers will be provided to BCPO since the other officers are already doing double tasking in their units and assignments.