PNP reshuffles Mobile Force commanders in Region 6

THE Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) reshuffled company commanders and platoon leaders of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RFMB)-6 less than two weeks before the May 13, 2019 midterm polls.

Thirteen personnel are affected by the revamp as contained in Special Orders Number PRO-6 SO-RA-2019-654 issued on May 1, 2019.

Among those affected are Police Major Renante Matillano, Police Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Manongdo, PMaj Ramel Sarona, PLtCol Robert Petate, PMaj Stephen Somosot, and PLtCol Arnel Solis.

Matillano was relieved from Aklan Police Provincial Office (AKPPO) to Capiz PPO; Manongdo from AKPPO to Negros Occidental PPO (NOCPPO); Paguiao from Antique PPO (ANPPO) to Guimaras PPO; Sarona from Bacolod City PO to Iloilo PPO; Petate from CPPO to AKPPO; Somosot from GPPO to ANPPO; and Solis from IPPO to NOCPPO.

The revamp also includes PLtCol Ferdinand Navales, PLtCol Jay Malong, PLtCol Mario Baquiran, PMaj Lowell Garingalao, PMaj Donel Regis, and PMaj Yolando Lago.

From the IPPO, Navales is now with the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO); Malong from ICPO to IPPO; Baquiran and Garingalao from NOCPPO to IPPO; Regis from Office of the Regional Intelligence Division to AKPPO; and Lago from RFMB-6 to BCPO.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, PRO-6 spokesman, regarded the reshuffling as regular movement of personnel.

“Several officers have already stayed in their position for more than a year already,” she said.

As the saying goes, “familiarity breeds contempt,” she said.

The incidents in Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental also triggered the revamp.

Heavily-armed men ambushed Michael Garcia and his nephew Councilor Mark Garcia at Brgy. Inolingan, Moises Padilla on April 25.

The Garcias are relatives of Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo who is running for mayor against incumbent Magdaleno Peña.

Before the Garcia ambush, suspected New People’s Army members also killed reelectionist Moises Padilla Councilor Jolomar Hilario inside his house on March 30.

“We need new commanders to tackle on issues surrounding their new assignment. They should be able to strike anywhere,” Malong said.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) approved the revamp.