CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—The police chiefs of Pampanga and Bulacan have been reassigned as part of a revamp.
Central Luzon police director BGen. Valeriano T. De Leon initiated a major revamp affecting two police provincial directors namely Police Colonel Thomas Ibay (Pampanga), and Police Colonel Lawrence Cajipe (Bulacan).
The reassignments came ahead of the Commission on Election (Comelec) ban. The movement or transferring of officers is not allowed 6 months before the May polls.
Ibay was replaced by his classmate in the Philippine National Police Academy (Class of 96) Colonel Roberto King Sarmiento, former chief of police of Paranaque City. Ibay formally relinquished his post during simple turn-over rites held at the Bale Katimawan situated within the compound of the provincial police headquarters.
Ibay was reassigned to the National Capital Region Police Office–Eastern Police District as chief of the regional staff.
Cajipe on the other hand was replaced by Colonel Manuel M. Lukban, Jr., in an acting capacity. Lukban was formerly the head of Regional Investigation at Camp Olivas before he was re-assigned to NCRPO. Lukban served as chief of police of Malolos City and in Makati City
Cajipe will assume the post of chief regional staff stationed at PRO3 headquarters.
De Leon meanwhile said the movement has nothing to do with the upcoming elections but a career advancement of some personnel whose promotion and assignments are due.