CEBU City Mayor Michael cried foul over yet another changing of the guard in the police force in the middle of the campaign period.
While he is not against Chief Supt. Patrocinio Aredidon Comendador Jr., he said doesn’t understand why Chief. Supt. Manuel Gaerlan was replaced as head of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 only five weeks before the elections.
Gaerlan was transferred to Davao Region starting March 31 to lead PRO 11 as its officer-in-charge.
“It is the changing of guards that I will consider detestable, appalling and scandalous. There should be no changing anymore. What is needed now is stability and continuity,” Rama said in a news conference yesterday.
The mayor wants to know what Gaerlan did that prompted the hierarchy of the Philippine National Police to replace him.
He recalled the replacement of then PRO 7 head Chief Supt. Prudencio Tom Bañas, as well as former Cebu City Police Office chiefs Senior Supt. Conrad Capa, Senior Supt. Noli Romana and Senior Supt. Melvin Ramon Buenafe in the past.
Rama said all these happened while he is the mayor. He is seeking reelection in the upcoming polls under the United Nationalist Alliance headed by Vice President Jejomar Binay while serving as the party’s vice president in the Visayas.
“This will leave a bad taste. They (Liberal Party administration) have always been talking about daang matuwid. But this is a demonstration of daang matuwad.
The process is just atrocious, much less vicious,” he added.
Rama said he no longer intends to formally bring to the PNP heads in Manila his concerns, as what he did in the past, saying it would be useless.
“I can see hands already moving. This is all about politics,” he said.
Rama won’t divulge who he thinks is behind this but said it will come out in the days to come.
He said those who will clearly benefit more from PNP’s reshuffling are the ones involved.
Rama asked Comendador, though, to live up to his name and not to side with anyone, saying he had known him as a “fighter.”