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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, February 24, 2011
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24 cop chiefs face relief

About 24 of 31 police chiefs in Negros Occidental are facing relief from their posts, as a sweeping reshuffling takes effect March 1, Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan, provincial police director, said yesterday.

Guisihan said they constitute 80 percent of all the police chiefs in Negros Occidental.

The evaluation of the performance of the 31 police chiefs is ongoing, he added.

Expressing dismay over the performance of some police chiefs in the campaign against illegal gambling, Guisihan said he wants to give the young and junior police officers a chance to prove their worth.

The reshuffling of police chiefs has also been triggered by the re-assignment of some police officers to the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in selected countries of Africa, Asia and Europe, among others.

Guisihan said some of the police chiefs have already been overstaying in their positions, while others have dismal performances in the campaign against illegal gambling.

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. earlier gave his go signal for Guisihan to effect changes in almost all police stations in Negros Occidental.

Region 6 police director Cipriano Querol Al-Haj yesterday also said he has approved the relief of seven policemen who were present at a cockpit in Escalante during the assassination of PO3 Johnny Urbano by New People’s Army hitmen.

Policemen are barred from entering cockpits and casinos.

There are 31 police city and municipal police stations and six platoons of mobile group units under the supervision of Guisihan, with about 1,680 police personnel.*GPB

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