Issue of July 8, 2018
Mt. Province

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Saculles retained as BCPO director
by Harley F. Palangchao

RE-INSTALLED -- After being relieved last Monday afternoon by Camp Crame  and was re-installed the following day, Baguio City Police Office Director S/Supt. Ramil Saculles returns to work by spearheading the two-day Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team seminar held at Venus Park View Hotel. Saculles expressed gratitude to the Baguio City officialdom under the leadership of Mayor Mauricio Domogan for supporting various various project of the BCPO in maintaining peace and order. -- Bong Cayabyab

S/Supt. Ramil Saculles will remain as the head of the Baguio City Police Office until such time that Camp Crame has submitted the list of five nominees for BCPO directorship after Malacañang ordered a status quo.

Through Special Presidential Assistant Bong Go, Malacañang has ordered Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde to direct the Police Regional Office-Cordillera to retain Saculles as BCPO director after Mayor Mauricio Domogan questioned the sudden relief of the police officer without the courtesy of being informed by PRO-Cor.

An exasperated Domogan chided the revolving door policy of the PNP after Saculles was relieved from his post on June 29.

Domogan said while chief executives understand that reassignment among ranking police officers is a normal routine in the PNP, such move should be coordinated with the office of the mayor or governor.

Chief executives (mayors and governors) play a crucial role in the peace and order campaign of the PNP and the 1991 Local Government Code authorizes the chief executive to appoint chief of police or a city or provincial director.

Republic Act 8551 or the PNP Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998 states that the replacement and transfer of a chief of police or city or provincial director may only be done upon approval of the local chief executive. The same applies to the designation of an officer-in-charge.

Such policy was cited by Councilor Edgar Avila when he proposed a resolution expressing the city’s disappointment over the unceremonious relief of Saculles as city director, and inviting PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde or Police Regional Office-Cordillera Director C/Supt. Rolando Nana to explain to the city council the procedures on designating and/or relieving chiefs of police.

Domogan said he was caught by surprise that Saculles, whose two-year term as a city director expires in October, was relieved upon orders from Camp Crame.

Camp Crame has designated S/Supt. Gerardo Umayao, previously detailed at the National Capital Regional Police Office, as officer-in-charge of BCPO.

On July 1, C/Supt. Rwin Pagkalinawan administered the turnover of command responsibilities between Saculles and Umayao at BCPO,  with Domogan escaping the activity.

After being informed of Domogan’s misgivings about the change of command, Malacañang has instructed Albayalde to maintain status quo.

The mayor’s office has clarified that it is not insisting that Saculles will be retained as BCPO director, reason why Domogan said he will request Camp Crame to submit a list of five nominees for BCPO directorship.

In his speech during Monday’s flag raising ceremony at City Hall grounds, Domogan cited the importance of coordination between the PNP and the chief executive, saying that local government units, aside from providing logistical support to local police stations, play a crucial role in the peace and order campaign.

The city government of Baguio has been allocating an average of P35 to P40 million as financial support to BCPO annually.

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