Chief Inspector Santiago Rapiz, the controversial police chief of Escalante City, Negros Occidental, has been promoted to police superintendent, effective December 31 last year.
The promotions of Rapiz and 19 others in Region 6, including his sister-in-law, Chief Inspector Nilda Rapiz, Chief Inspector Alexander Munos, Hinigaran police chief, Chief Inspectors Alex Dimaculangan and Alexander Ermeo, both of Bacolod City Police Office, were contained in General Orders Number 75, dated Jan. 13, and signed by Deputy Director General Raul Castaneda, PNP chief of directorial staff, and Police Director Jaime Milla, chief of Directorate for Personnel and Records Management.
Rapiz has been under fire from detractors for the series of extra-judicial killings in Escalante City, some of which, ironically, took place, when he was not yet assigned in the place.
Escalante City Mayor Melecio Yap, however, defended Rapiz and some Escalante policemen, saying they were not remiss in their duties as law enforcers, contrary to claims against them.
Yap said there are political personalities bent on destroying his name, that of Rapiz and the Escalante police force, and are behind the smear campaign against them.
Before his assignment in Escalante, Rapiz had served as commander of the Bacolod City Police Precinct 4, chief of police of Pulupandan, Candoni and E.B. Magalona, among others.
As police chief of E.B, Magalona, its police station was adjudged as best municipal police station in Negros Occidental for two consecutive years, police records show.
Aside from Rapiz and 19 others chief inspectors, also promoted recently to the same rank was Jefferson Descallar, chief of the NOPPO Operations and Plans Branch.
The Police Regional Office 6 has been allocated a quota of 59 for those who want to apply for the rank of police superintendent. However, only 23 qualified applicants applied and were promoted in the PNP.*GPB