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Bacolod cop dismissed, another suspended

By EUGENE ADIONG

BACOLOD City — Another round of reshuffling of police chiefs in Negros Occidental is in the offing, as the March 29 campaign period for local mid-term election candidates draws near.

Insp. Celjun Nemenio will now lead the Don Salvador Benedicto police station, said Senior Supt. Celestino Guara, Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) acting chief.

Nemenio will replace Senior Insp. Gideon Montano, who will be assigned to the NOPPO headquarters here.

Meanwhile, Senior Insp. Hector Balbon, Murcia police officer-in-charge, will take over the Pontevedra police station. He will replace Senior Insp. Mary Rose Pico.

Taking over the post left by Balbon will be Chief Insp. Frankie Jingle Lugo.

Guara said he recommended Senior Insp. Romeo Vargas as a replacement for Senior Insp. Gary Alan Resuma as La Castellana police officer-in-charge.

Resuma will be tasked to lead the NOPPO’s Provincial Public Safety Company.

There are no replacements yet for commanders of Isabela, Cauayan and San Enrique police stations, Guara said.

On Wednesday, Supt. Gerardo Ulanday took over the Cadiz City police station.

His stay may be short-lived, however, as he will soon undergo schooling, according to Guara.

The suspended Cadiz police chief, Supt. Noel Mana-ay, may then return to his post, he said.

Senior Insp. Conrado Rances III earlier assumed command of the EB Magalona police station, replacing Senior Insp. Arnold Mesias.

Mesias will command a police task force, Guara said. The task force is yet to be known.

He also said the recommendation to replace Chief Inspectors Eduardo Corpus and Gabriel Gutierrez as police chiefs of La Carlota and Sagay cities, respectively, has not yet been approved by the Commission on Elections.

In this capital city, a policeman has been dismissed while another has been suspended, said Bacolod City Police Office officer-in-charge Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel.

PO1 Bernardo Beneras of Bacolod City Police Station 2 (BCPS2) was dismissed from the police service for “grave misconduct.”

His dismissal stemmed from the escape of theft suspect Rhodora Castillo, 40, of Brgy. Mambulac, Silay City, on December 20, 2011.

Castillo fled the police station’s detention holding area when Beneras was the jailer-on-duty.

To prevent inmates from escaping, policemen should transfer them to a Bureau of Jail Management and Penology facility once a case has been filed and the suspects failed to post bail, Ordaniel stressed.

PO2 Wilson Go of BCPS5 was suspended for 60 days for not appearing twice at the hearings of a drug case wherein he was a witness.

For policemen, missing court hearings is tantamount to a gross violation; their duty ends only when the suspect is convicted, Ordaniel said./PN