“Lets get these things settled so we can move on.”
This was the reaction of councilor Allan gel Cordova in referring to PSupt Jonathan Pineda who was reassigned as deputy provincial director in Agan-an Sibulan, and whom he considered as one of a kind being the former chief of police in Dumaguete.
Reelectionist City Mayor Felipe Remollo commented that the process was not followed in transferring Pineda but hoped he will be back after the elections.
Cordova, running independent as city vice mayor said most councillors are happy with Pineda’s sense of professionalism and dedication to public service and is hopeful the officer-in-charge will meet and satisfy the standards sets by him.
Cordova, the chair of the peace and order committee of the city council said it is of paramount importance to make the system works because it would be unfair also to the OIC chief of police PSupt Gregorio Galsim if the city council continues to harp about the past.
He enjoins the other members of the sangguniang palungsod to give the PNP leadership all the support for the sake of peace and order in the city.
Cordova further said it is within the ambit of the city council’s powers to write the necessary letter of condemnation or expression of disappointment or frustration if it believes there’s neglect on the part of the PNP command.
Earlier, Mayor Felipe Ipe Remollo bluntly answered: “ABOUT FACE” when asked by a reporter his marching orders for the new OIC chief of police upon assumption on Monday.
Remollo verbalized his misgivings on the PNP’s decision to relieve Pineda who has performed well as expected of him in Dumaguete.
He said that instead of acceding to the city’s request for additional warm bodies, the provincial command pulled out a performing chief of police.