The possibility that Senior Supt. Ricardo dela Paz may retain his position as Bacolod police director is no longer remote.
This was after Chief Supt. Cipriano Querol, police director of Western Visayas, yesterday said that the performance of Dela Paz will be evaluated a month after his designation as BCPO officer-in-charge.
After his month-long tenure as OIC expires, Querol said the performance of Dela Paz will be evaluated, adding that his fate will be decided upon by Mayor Evelio Leonardia.
Querol also announced the re-assignment of Senior Supt. Celestino Guara from the BCPO to the Police Regional Office 6 Holding Action Center, while recuperating from his operation.
Guara underwent a titanium implant operation to rehabilitate his fractured left cheek bone, after he figured in a vehicular accident in Bacolod City on January 17.
Querol debunked insinuations that the relief of Guara as BCPO chief was triggered by his alleged dismal campaign against the illegal numbers game, especially jai-alai.
There is no other reason, except his medical condition, he stressed.
Aside from Dela Paz, Querol also designated Senior Supt. Cornelio Defensor as officer-in-charge of the Aklan Police Provincial Office.
Querol earlier designated Senior Supt. Marrieto Valerio as officer-in-charge of the Iloilo City Police Office.
Querol said there is a shortage of police senior superintendents in Region 6, which prompted him to dispatch some of his senior staff members to occupy key positions in Western Visayas.
The position vacated by Dela Paz as chief of the PRO6 Operations and Plans Division was temporarily given to Supt. Ranulfo Demiar, regional police spokesman.
Querol urged Bacoleños to support Dela Paz, who had previously served as police chiefs of Kabankalan, Silay, Cadiz and San Carlos cities in Negros Occidental, as well as provincial police director of Iloilo.*GPB