Monday, September 27, 2021

Talisay native sits as new PRO-Central Visayas chief

FERRO’S FAREWELL. Brig. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro (left) and Brig. Gen. Ronnie Montejo (right) salute one another during the turnover ceremony at the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 headquarters in Cebu City on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Montejo is the new PRO 7 chief, replacing Ferro who is now the chief of the Directorate for Information and Communication Technology Management. (ARNOLD BUSTAMANTE)

A NATIVE of Talisay City, Cebu is the new chief of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7, replacing Brig. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro who now leads the Directorate for Information and Communication Technology Management.

Brig. Gen. Ronnie Montejo is Ferro’s successor. He is the former chief of the Quezon City Police District and a member of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Tagapagbuklod Class of 1989.

The turnover ceremony was held at the PRO 7 headquarters in Cebu City on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, and it was officiated by Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, deputy chief for administration.

Montejo had stints in Central Visayas in the 1990s before he was transferred to other units.

The police official said his family originated from Talisay, then a municipality. Montejos transferred to Malaybalay City, Bukidnon when he was nine years old, and he finished elementary and high school in the city.

Montejo returned go Cebu City to study at University of San Jose Recoletos, taking up civil engineering.


He later entered the PNPA. After he graduated in 1989, he was assigned as chief of the San Francisco Police Station in Camotes Island. He later became the police chief of Catmon and Sogod towns in mainland Cebu.

Montejo also served as the commanding officer of the Provincial Mobile Force Company in Toledo City and as the engineer of the PRO 7.

Aside from police work, he worked for the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Cebu. He was then recalled to police work and he was assigned to the National Capital Region Police Office.

Montejo said PNP Chief Debold Sinas had told him not to accept dirty money from illegal gambling, drugs and corrupt businessmen.

He was also instructed not to play golf at all.

The police official said he will make sure the anti-narcotics teams of the PRO 7 are clean.

“A drug enforcement unit must be manned by personnel with no reported or suspected involvement in illegal drugs to ensure its integrity,” Montejo said.

His predecessor, Ferro, was grateful for his service in the past nine months and 25 days. He was thankful to the city governments of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu and Talisay for declaring him as adopted son.

Ferro took pride in his campaign against illegal drugs and the PRO 7’s contributions to slow the tide of Covid-19 pandemic. (AYB / KAL)


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