SouthCot has new police chief

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 Sept) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has designated a veteran intelligence officer from Northern Luzon as the new provincial police director of South Cotabato.

Senior Supt. Randolf Delfin, the former intelligence chief of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Northern Luzon, formally assumed as the new South Cotabato police director on Wednesday following a simple turnover ceremony in Koronadal City.

Delfin replaced Senior Supt. Nilo Wong, who is set to retire from police service on September 26.

Delfin is a member of the Philippine National Police Academy class of 1984 and a classmate of General Santos City police director Senior Supt. Cedric Train.

“He’s very efficient and he’s the kind of officer who is quite a disciplinarian and very serious when it comes to his work,” Wong said of his successor.

Delfin, who is on his first assignment in Mindanao, admitted that he is very strict when it comes to the conduct and accomplishment of the mandates and assigned works of his subordinates but assured that he would back them up if they are properly doing their jobs.

“I am a disciplinarian. I am strict. But as long as my men are acting right, I don’t think I would be very hard on them,” he told reporters.

Delfin, who immediately joined a meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPPOC) after the turnover rites, said he will focus his attention in addressing the rising cases of criminal activities within the province’s 10 towns and lone city.

He said they will implement maximum police visibility throughout the province to prevent the movement of criminal elements and the occurrence of various street crimes.

Police records showed that the cases of murder, robbery and carnapping or theft of motorcycles in the province has so far increased since January.

In 2010, the South Cotabato Provincial Police Office recorded a total of 13 murder cases, 82 robberies and 20 carnapping incidents.

But as of Wednesday, it already recorded 26 murder cases, 83 robberies and 21 carnapping incidents, some victims of which were murdered.

South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Pingoy Jr. said he was very satisfied with the assignment of Delfin to the province and vowed his full support to the latter’s leadership.

“We’ll provide them necessary support to make sure that they accomplish their mandates properly and also gain the full trust and confidence of our constituents,” he said.

South Cotabato board member Agustin Dema-ala, chair of the provincial board’s peace and order committee, said he expects Delfin to work harder and bring in immediate results in terms of the rising crime incidents in the province.

“In his (PPOC) presentation, he detailed specific plans and actions and so we expect results the soonest possible time,” he said. (Allen V. Estabillo / MindaNews)