A POLICE official announced Thursday six officers who are assigned with the Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) with jurisdiction over Zamboanga Peninsula were promoted to the next higher rank.

Senior Superintendent Mario Yanga, Deputy Regional Director for Operations (DRDO), said the six officers are among the 2,185 commissioned officers in the entire country who were promoted.

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Philippine National Police (PNP) Director-General Jesus Versoza announced the promotion of the police officers on Monday in Camp Crame in Manila.

Promoted to the rank of Superintendent are: Chief Inspectors Rodrigo Maramo, Hado Edding, Alikan Yusop, Diomarie Albarico, Beatriz Escarilla, and Charita Cabatit.

Maramo is the police chief of Isabela City; Edding, Police Station 9 chief of the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO); Yusop, Regional Public Safety and Management Battalion; Albarico, Zamboanga City Public Safety and Management Group; and Escarilla and Cabatit both from PRO-9 headquarters.

The rank of Superintendent is the police' equivalent to lieutenant colonel in the military service.

Yanga said the pinning of ranks to the newly-promoted officers was held in a ceremony at the PRO-9 headquarters in Barangay Mercedes in this city.

The newly-promoted officers were exhorted to “perform their tasks to their utmost best as officers of the PNP in serving the community where they are stationed,” he said. (Bong Garcia)