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Police chiefs in Neg. Occ. told:
Be ready to vacate posts March 1

BY GILBERT BAYORAN

Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan, police provincial director,   yesterday ordered chiefs of police in Negros Occidental to prepare to vacate their posts on March 1.

Guisihan hinted that his plan is to effect a “sweeping reshuffling” of all police chiefs and commanders in Negros Occidental, after airing his disappointment over their “below par” performance, especially in the campaign against illegal gambling.

Police records show that only a few police chiefs have complied with his order in the first week of February to have at least three positive results a week in the anti-illegal gambling campaign.

Guisihan said he ordered police chiefs to have at least five successful campaigns against illegal gambling, in the second week of February. To his dismay, he added, it was not followed.

“There seems to be a deliberate defiance of my instructions,” Guisihan added.

In his meeting yesterday with Governor Alfredo Marañon, Guisihan said he was given the clearance to do what he thinks is best for the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office.

Guisihan sought the permission of Marañon to implement the reshuffling.

Guisihan said the police chiefs are  over familiar with their territory and the people, it  is adversely affecting their performance in the campaign against illegal gambling.

He also ordered the 31 police chiefs to inform their respective mayors of his plans.

The cities of Cadiz and Escalante, as well as E.B. Magalona, where the government-managed Small Town Lottery is affected by the proliferation of illegal gambling, are among those Guisihan hints, will be affected by the reshuffling.

He, however, said the local chief executives have the authority to select their police chiefs from the list he will forward to them.

If the mayor fails to make his choice from the list, he said, the deputy police chief will assume as officer-in-charge.*GPB

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