The heads of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental have both been relieved from their posts and reassigned to Iloilo City effective Monday, CIDG Regional Office-6 Deputy Director Supt. Victor Ongkiko said yesterday.
CIDG-Provincial head, Chief Insp. Cesar Paday-os, was replaced by Chief Insp. Ray Cuanico, who came from the national CIDG Anti-Organize Crime Division, while Chief Insp. Cresancio Cordero, who used to be assigned at the maintenance services and technical division of CIDG-Manila, replaced Chief Insp. Elnor Melgarejo as CIDG-Bacolod head.
Ongkiko officiated at the turnover ceremonies at the CIDG-Bacolod Office at San Juan Street at about 8 a.m. and at the CIDG Provincial office at the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office after 4 p.m. yesterday.
The turnover ceremony was supposed to be held right after the turnover ceremony at the CIDG-Bacolod office but it was held later in the afternoon as Paday-os was not around.
Ongkiko said he and Cuanico waited for Paday-os for several hours so the turnover ceremony would start but Paday-os said he has already informed Ongkiko that he could not make it in the morning as he had an appointment and some of his men will be attending hearings and will not be present.
Ongkiko also said the relief of Paday-os has nothing to do with the rift between CIDG Negros Occidental operative Police Officer 3 Arlan De Pedro and Bacolod City Police Deputy Director Supt. Santiago Rapiz at the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday last week.
Tension arose between Rapiz and De Pedro, who refused to handcuff Ryan Gatoc, the suspected gunman of Ilog Councilor Antonio “Karem” Gequillana.
Paday-os relieved De Pedro, who is reportedly a relative of Gatoc, the following day to erase doubts that he is derailing the investigation on the killing of Gequillana, and to stop speculations that Gatoc is being given special treatment.
Ongkiko said Paday-os was relieved because he had served as CIDG provincial chief for two years and had already met the requirement for tenure of duty, and not because of that incident.
As for Melgarejo, Ongkiko said, he was only tasked to oversee the operations of CIDG Bacolod while there’s no replacement for its former chief, Insp. Benjamin Topacio, who is now in schooling.
During the turn-over of command, Ongkiko told the new CIDG chiefs in Bacolod and in Negros Occidental to continue carrying out the agency’s task of arresting wanted personalities, neutralizing crime and syndicated groups, investigating heinous crimes and putting a stop to illegal gambling.*APN