Malaybalay wants sacked police chief retained

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/14 January) – The Malaybalay City council passed a resolution last week urging the Philippine National Police to retain former city police chief Supt. Oscar Jacildo, who was sacked with three other Bukidnon police chiefs for inaccuracy in crime reporting.

In a resolution addressed to Police Chief Supt. Catalino Rodriguez, PNP Northern Mindanao regional director, the city council said Jacildo “has been effective in his duty and has been supportive to the (city) administration.”

“His services and accomplishments had been recognized as par excellence by the local officials of the city,” said the resolution passed on January 7, the day after he was relieved.

The city council cited that Jacildo had arrested notorious criminals and neutralized an organized syndicate.

Vice mayor Roland Deticio told MindaNews they were dismayed at the reason cited for his relief saying it was “uncalled for”.

The resolution described Jacildo’s relief as “unceremonious”.

Nonetheless, Deticio told Supt. Marcial Rey Frontreras, who assumed Jacildo’s post on January 7 that he should do his best as the new police chief.

Frontreras, who paid a courtesy call at the city council Tuesday, vowed to do all he can even if he admitted that he, too, was surprised at Jacildo’s relief.

Frontreras used to be with the provincial police command’s investigation unit.

He is still an officer in charge but told the city council he would apply for the post.

According to Republic Act 8551 or the Philippine National Police Act, the Regional Officers’ Placement Board shall recommend a list of five candidates for police chief from which the mayor would choose.

Deticio said Jacildo’s relief caught them by surprise, citing the latter told them he was given a chance to correct [the report] and was able to correct it.

“His performance can outdo that,” he said, adding, “it’s a flimsy reason compared to his good performance.”

Jacildo assumed as police chief on February 16, 2012 replacing Supt. Erwin Bayani Meneses, who was reported to have completed his tour of duty back in October 2011.

Jacildo belongs to the Philippine National Police Academy Batch 1995. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)