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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, March 17, 2011
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6 new cop chiefs named

Six of the 31 police chiefs in Negros Occidental who have been relieved are expected to assume their posts today.

Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, said yesterday that Mayor Juliet Ferrer has chosen Senior Inspector Eduardo Corpuz as the new police chief of La Carlota City, replacing Supt. David Cachumbo.

Guisihan and other members of screening and evaluation committee yesterday met with the mayors of Negros Occidental, and discussed the appointment of police chiefs in their areas.

He said the officers-in-charge of the different cities and municipalities will remain in their posts until the mayors choose their police chiefs.

Chief Inspector Regidor Alvarado, NOPPO administrative officer, yesterday said Police Inspector Vannesa Sonoy will assume as police chief of Pontevedra town, replacing Senior Inspector Argel Ancheta.

Alvarado identified the four police chiefs who will return to their posts as Supt. Leonardo Angcon of Sipalay City, Supt. Norberto Boston - Victorias City, Inspector Hector Balbon - San Enrique and Inspector Lowell Garinganao - Hinobaan.

Guisihan said there was no resistance from the mayors in the replacement of their police chiefs.

Supt. Melchor Coronel, who served as Bago police chief for more than three years, yesterday said he is pursuing a career advancement course, in preparation for a promotion. His deputy, Chief Inspector Rico Santotome, is temporarily taking over the Bago police command.

Guisihan, in his meeting with the Negros Occidental mayors, presented statistics on the police on the campaign against illegal gambling, which showed their below par performance that had triggered the sweeping relief of police chiefs in the province on March 1.

“They were convinced of the basis for the relief,” he said.

Guisihan said he asked the others mayors to submit to his office their choice of police chiefs, from the list provided to them.

Guisihan said the police chiefs who will not get new assignments, will be temporarily assigned at the NOPPO headquarters. *GPB

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