TACLOBAN CITY --The major reshuffling of key officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Eastern Visayas is a strategy to ensure that top law enforcers remain non-partisan in the upcoming midterm elections.
Three police provincial directors officially got new assignments on Wednesday, just days after the start of election season on Jan. 13, PNP Eastern Visayas Chief, Supt. Dionardo Carlos said.
“The transfer aims to avoid familiarity with the incumbents in their area of responsibility who are running in the upcoming elections. Since they are new in the area, we can assure that they are more impartial,” Carlos said.
Affected in the reshuffling are Leyte police provincial director Senior Supt. Dante Novicio who is the new provincial director of Samar province replacing Senior Supt. Nicolas Torre III. Torre is the new chief of regional operations division.
Replacing Novicio in Leyte is Senior Supt. Rolando Bade from the police regional office. Bade is a former Tacloban City chief of police.
Eastern Samar provincial office has Senior Supt. Lito Bigoy as its new director, replacing Senior Supt. Felix Diloy who was reassigned to the regional office.
The formal turnover of command coincides with the New Year’s call at the police regional office here on Wednesday.
The PNP in Eastern Visayas vowed to remain neutral in the upcoming May 2019 mid-term elections as they fulfill their mandate to maintain peace and order. (PNA)