Published: Thu, February 27, 2014
By JM Agreda
Baguio City officials called on the leadership of the Cordillera Police Regional Office (PRO) to retain Senior Supt. Jesus Cambay as the city’s chief of police.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan led city officials in extolling what they described as Cambay's good performance.
This developed after a letter dated February 18 from PRO-Cordillera Regional Director Chief Supt. Isagani Nerez was received, informing Domogan that starting March 1, Cambay will be replaced by Senior Supt. Rolando Miranda, chief of the Regional Operations and Plans Division.
Mayor Domogan said he chose Cambay exercising the option as local chief executive from a list of five candidates recommended by PRO-Cordillera, and that the tour of duty of the police official has not ended since the police chief assumed office sometime in September 2012.
Camby's two-year tour of duty is to end in September 2014.
Aside from Domogan, the City Council also commended the police chief for performing his duties well in terms of lowering various crimes in the city, including strategies to maintain peace and order during the Panagbenga Festival.
The City Council also said it plans to invite Regional Director Nerez during their regular session to explain his reason behind Miranda's replacement of Cambay.
A resolution authored by Councilors Leandro Yangot Jr. and Michael Lawana stated, in part: "The sudden unilateral replacement of the BCPO director will definitely distort and disrupt the implementation and execution of the security and peace and order programs and plans, which were put in place in preparation for the activities since the local police force will have to adjust to the new style of their new head.”
Others who expressed their support of Cambay include the Hotels and Restaurants Association of Baguio, the Association of Barangay Councils, and several Chinese-Filipino businessmen.
However, during Domogan’s regular press briefing on Wednesday, he announced an agreement with Nerez for an extension of Cambay’s tour of duty, adding that the regional director had realized that transferring Cambay to another assignment would be detrimental to city's peace and order situation.