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Police general in Kian case appointed PNP-HPG chief

The police general who was fired as Northern Police District chief after defending his policemen following the killing of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos in Caloocan has come out of the freezer, and has been named as chief of the PNP-Highway Patrol Group.

Chief Superintendent Roberto Fajardo, who was heavily criticized for defending his cops in the Delos Santos case, replaced Chief Superintendent Arnel Escobal as PNP-HPG chief

Fajardo formally took over on Monday, June 4.

In his speech during the turnover ceremony at the traffic management office, Fajardo urged his men to do their best under his leadership, aiming to ease traffic along Edsa and to end carnapping incidents.

Fajardo, a one-star general, made the headlines when he was quoted as saying in Filipino, “People used to call him [Delos Santos] an addict and a pusher, but now that he is dead, he is now being described as kind.”

“People are riding on this, that he was kind and practically a saint. But before that, it seemed he was an addict and a pusher,” he added.

Delos Santos was killed during a drug raid conducted by Caloocan cops, who shot dead the teenager after Delos Santos allegedly drew a gun and tried to shoot at them.

But investigations revealed that Delos Santos was killed while kneeling in a dark, damp corner of their neighborhood.

Fajardo was subsequently sacked to prevent influencing probes.

Meanwhile, Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde defended the recent reshuffle in the organization’s top brass, explaining that the reshuffle is being done to ensure the right person will be at the right post.

“The reshuffling in the PNP last Friday is due to the recent and upcoming retirement of some senior officials this month. This reassignment is still based on the assessment of their performance of the officers and how they can contribute to the main thrusts of the PNP and is not of my personal choice,” Albayalde told reporters in Camp Crame Monday.

 Newly-appointed officials have a month to prove their worth, Albayalde said.

Following the reshuffle, PNP Spokesperson, Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, was appointed as officer-in-charge of Police Regional Office 6 (Western Visayas). Senior Supt. Benigno Durana, meanwhile, was named acting chief of the PNP Public Information Office.

PNP Counter Intelligence Task Force (CITF) chief Senior Supt. Chiquito Malayo has been named as new Executive Officer and Directorate for Human Resources and Development (DHRD).

National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) director Camilo Pancratius Cascolan will be taking over as director of the PNP Civil Security Group.

PRO 4A (Calabarzon) director and former Quezon City Police District director Guillermo Eleazar will be taking over as officer-in-charge of NCRPO while Police Director Napoleon Taas of the Directorate for Information and Communications Technology Management (DICTM) has been moved to the Office of the PNP Chief.

Taking over Eleazar’s post at the PRO 4A is Chief Supt. Eduard Carranza.

Also named in the reshuffle were Chief Supt. Rolando Nana - OIC, PRO-Cordillera; Chief Supt. Mariel Maniego Magaway - OIC, PRO 8 (Eastern Visayas); Chief Supt. Debold Sinas - OIC, PRO 7 (Central Visayas); Chief Supt. Ceasar Hawthorn Binag - Acting Director, DICTM ; Chief Supt. Rolando Hinanay - Acting Director PNP Crime Lab;

Chief Supt. Lurimer Detran - Acting Director, Directorate for Research and Development; Chief Supt. Roberto Fajardo - Acting Director, Highway Patrol Group; Chief Supt. Edmund Gonzales- Acting Director, Intelligence Group; Chief Supt. Rolando Andutan- District Director, Manila Police District; Chief Supt. Joel Coronel - Deputy Reginal Director for Administration, NCRPO;

Chief Supt. Robert Quenery - Deputy Director, Directorate for Comptrollership; Chief Supt. Amador Corpus - Deputy Director, Directorate for Intelligence; Senior Supt. Allan Cuevillas - Deputy Director, Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM); Chief Supt. Gilbert Cruz - Deputy Director, Directorate for Intelligence and Police Operations - Eastern Mindanao; Chief Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas- Deputy Director, Directorate for Operations;

Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor - Deputy Director, Directorate for Police Community Relations; Senior Supt. Celso Pestaño - Deputy Director, DICTM; Senior Supt. John Luglug - Deputy Director for Administration, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group; Chief Supt. Norberto Solomon - Executive Officer, DICTM; Chief Supt. Arnel Escobal - Acting Regional Chief Directorial Staff, NCRPO; Senior Supt. Madid Paitao - Deputy Regional Director for Administration - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao; and Senior Supt. Rodolfo Azurin- Executive Officer, DPRM.  

Chief Superintendent Roberto Fajardo, who was heavily criticized for defending his cops in the Delos Santos case, replaced Chief Superintendent Arnel Escobal as PNP-HPG chief

Fajardo formally took over on Monday, June 4.

In his speech during the turnover ceremony at the traffic management office, Fajardo urged his men to do their best under his leadership, aiming to ease traffic along EDSA and to end carnapping incidents.

Fajardo, a one-star general, made the headlines when he was quoted as saying in Filipino, “People used to call him (Delos Santos) an addict and a pusher, but now that he is dead, he is now being described as kind.”

“People are riding on this, that he was kind and practically a saint. But before that, it seemed he was an addict and a pusher,” he added.

Delos Santos was killed during a drug raid conducted by Caloocan cops, who shot dead the teenager after Delos Santos allegedly drew a gun and tried to shoot at them.

But investigations revealed that Delos Santos was killed while kneeling in a dark, damp corner of their neighborhood.

Fajardo was subsequently sacked to prevent influencing probes. With PNA

Topics: Roberto Fajardo , Northern Police District , John Bulalacao , Philippine National Police , Oscar Albayalde , Benigno Durana , Napoleon Taas
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