|Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.|
Monday, August 1, 2011
Cabanatuan City top cop to be replaced by police colonel from Crame
CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija, August 2, 2011-This city’s police station chief Police Superintendent Eliseo Cruz is set to be replaced by a police colonel from Camp Crame to pave the way for his promotion into the next higher rank next month.
A source said that Cruz replacement is Superintendent Bernard Dasugo, who is a section chief at the Directorate for Personnel and Resource Management office (DPRMO). Dasugo reportedly has the backings of the influential Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC).
Dasugo, who is 10 years Cruz’s junior, is a product of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA). He will assume the post as officer-in-charge.
“Cruz has overstayed in his post since he is already police chief for four (4) years already dating back to 2006. Normally, a police chief’s stint in a particular assignment lasts for only three (3) years. He’s already there for four years so his stay in his post is too long,” the source, who sought anonymity said.
Last May 29, 2006, Cruz was first appointed city police chief during the remaining last year of the third and last three-year term of Vergara.
A month before he assumed his post, a controversy erupted when Vergara opposed his designation and even recalled several patrol cars donated by the city government to the city police in protest. Cruz told Vergara he was willing to resign his post if only to restore normalcy in the relations between the city government and the city police.
In a surprising change of heart, Vergara later accepted Cruz’s appointment. Cruz was relieved on June 8, 2009 and went into schooling up to February 2010.
Last May 2010 elections, Vergara won and reassumed his post and he sought Cruz’s reinstatement, paving the way for the latter’s second tour of duty as police chief on July 1 last year.
The source said Dasugo’s designation will still have to be approved by Vergara, adding that provincial police director Senior Superintendent Roberto Aliggayu has been informed of Cruz’s impending relief.
Aliggayu and Cruz were caught in a controversy when the anti-illegal quarry provincial task force of the Nueva Ecija provincial government impounded 10 quarry trucks of the city government last June 30 for allegedly operating illegally. The trucks were later ordered released by the court.
This prompted Chief Superintendent Edgardo Ladao, regional director for Central Luzon of the Philippine National Police to advise Aliggayu and Cruz to take no unlawful orders from both Vergara and Governor Aurelio Umali who have been feuding over the city government’s bid to convert the city into highly urbanized city.
Mayor Vergara later criticized Cruz over the impounding of the quarry trucks, claiming the latter lacked guts in his “teleradyo” program over the Vergara-owned DWJJ.
Offended, Cruz told Vergara he was resigning but the latter later apologized for his outburst and prevailed on Cruz to stay in his post.
Cruz said that he accepted Vergara’s apology, saying it was hard to turn it down considering the latter showed class in his act of humility.
Chief Superintendent Jesus Gordon Descanzo, who was once the station commander here said if Cruz remains in his post, it would set back the latter’s hopes of getting promoted to senior superintendent or full-pledged colonel.
It was learned that eight of Cruz’s “mistahs” in the 1990 batch of the Philippine Military Academy were already promoted to full colonel.
In 2009, Cruz is a recipient of the prestigious Country’s Outstanding Policemen in Service (COPS) award which was handed by no less than then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Cruz’s reported impending relief comes on the heels of the selection of the Cabanatuan police as Central Luzon’s city police station of the year for 2010 whose awarding rites will be held August 11 in Camp Olivas, Pampanga. (Jason de Asis)
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