CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A senior police officer said Thursday that contrary to reports, the chief of police of the City of San Fernando was not sacked because of shooting incidents and rising crime.
Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, Pampanga police provincial director, told Sun.Star Pampanga that Superintendent Ricardo David voluntarily vacated his post because he is due for schooling.
“Boluntaryo siyang umalis sa kanyang puwesto dahil kailangan na nitong mag-schooling para sa kanyang promotion,” Albayalde said.
He vehemently denied that David was reportedly sacked due to crime incidents. Albayalde said that David informed his superiors of his plan to go back to higher police school for the promotion two weeks ago.
“Mahuhuli siya sa mga ibang kaklase niya sa Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) na ma-promote kung if he will not go for schooling,” he said, adding Superintendent Rodney Baloyo, chief of the Pampanga Police Intelligence branch also went for schooling.
The two police superintendents are now attending their classes and higher training for one year at the National Police College in Santolan, Cubao, Quezon City.
“It’s unfair to David that he was reportedly sacked because of unsolved crimes and robberies in his area of responsibility,” Albayalde said.
“I am making it clear that he (David) was not sacked but he voluntarily vacated his post for schooling purposes,” he stressed.
David has been in his tour of duty at the City of San Fernando police for more than a year, Albayalde said.
Albayalde furthered that Superintendent Edilberto Pitallano, deputy chief of the Regional Personnel and Human Resources Doctrine Division was temporarily designated as Officer-In-Charge of the City of San Fernando police.
Abayalde noted that Superintendents Nelson Aganon, chief of the Regional Public Information, Arnel Ramos, deputy battalion commander of the Regional Public Safety Battalion and Niel Miro, Porac Police chief are the three candidates for city police chief.