Is he in – or out?
The status of Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel was not taken up at the traditional New Year's courtesy call of the police on the Bacolod mayor at the City Government Center, Thursday afternoon.
Ordaniel, who is still acting city police director, said yesterday that Mayor Monico Puentevella did not mention his status, but he is willing to wait until he has decided.
The list of the nominees for city police director from the Police Regional Office-6 was not yet available up to yesterday, but Ordaniel said it may be available this month.
Puentevella said yesterday he was still waiting for the plans of the PRO-6.
In the courtesy call, with his chiefs of police, Ordaniel submitted yearend reports and accomplishments on illegal drugs and gambling to Puentevella.
The problems of police stations were aired, among them the lack of patrol cars, Ordaniel said.
Six police stations – 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10 – have not been issued new patrol vehicles. They still use old ones and some are using those of their barangays, he said.
Puentevella said the city government will find means to provide vehicles for the police stations.
Ordaniel also reported that the new BCPO building cannot be occupied yet, since it still lacks a transformer and furniture.
He also said he supports the plan of the Philippine National Police to hire private security guards to man the gates of Camp Crame, its national headquarters in Quezon City.
Policemen assigned at the gate could do a lot of other things like providing police visibility, especially in vital installations and places of convergence, he said.
Ordaniel said this after a report that PNP has allocated P21 million to hire the services of security guards to secure the gates and offices of Camp Crame.
Director General Alan Purisima had said earlier that the hiring of security guards is part of the PNP's efforts to remove police officers from desk jobs and deploy them in the streets to boost their anti-crime drive.*SGG