Wednesday, August 7, 2013


                                                                BY MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

CLUELESS : PNP Region-1 Director Ricardo
 Marquez said that he could not ascertain
the exact date when Pangasinan Governor Amado
 T. Espino exercises his right mandated by law
to select one of the three nominees for the
 post of the province’s police director even
 the police hierarchy named  already the nominees
LINGAYEN - After naming the nominees for the police director of Pangasinan, two top police officials have no ideas the date Governor Amado T. Espino of Pangasinan can exercise his option to select one of the three nominees as mandated by law. “Mahirap mahirap, dahil hindi tayo ang magdedesisyon. They are the one (National Police Commission) deciding for it,” Philippine National Police's Region 1 Director Ricardo Marquez told Northern Watch in August 5.

Director Marlou Chan explains to the media
the nitty-gritty how the names of nominees for
police  provincial director is
submitted by the Philippine National Police
 to the National
 Police Commission under the watch of DILG
Secretary Mar Roxas who has to evaluate it. 

“Ang importante doon we observed due process as far as the PNP is concerned. Iyong process is ma-complete na natin,”he stressed.
Marquez said that out of the 13 applicants at the Senior Officers Placement and Promotion Board (SOPPB) for the top police post in Pangasinan, the board filtered it to three nominees to include Senior Superintendents Mariel M. Magaway, Ferdinand Divina, and Valerio de Leon.
 Magaway, a native of Dupax, Nueva Ecija is the chief of Counter Intelligence and Security Division of the PNP in Camp Crame, Divina , who hailed from Tayug, Pangasinan, is the former Region-1 chief of the Criminal Investigation Detection Group and incumbent chief of the Cyber Crime Group of the PNP in Camp Crame, while de Leon used to be the provincial director of Quezon.
 Chan said Marquez still waits for the transmittal of the three nominees from Secretary Mar Roxas, the chairman of the NAPOLCOM, before he submits the names to Espino who will select his choice.
Section 51 of the Department of Interior & Local Government Act and Republic Act 8551 (Act Establishing the Philippine National Police Under a re-organized Department of the Interior and Local Government, and for Other Purposes) provide that the governor appoints one of the three nominees submitted by the regional director.
 Marquez hopes that before the next writ of injunction hearing on September 5 filled by Espino to him, Chan, and Director Catalino Cuy, PNP chief for Personnel and Records Management, the governor has chosen already his provincial director.

ESPINO’S LAWYER: Attorney Geraldine Baniqued, 
provincial legal officer and Governor Amado
Espino's counsel, explains to the media the
 development of what happened in the chamber of Judge
 Caridad Villegas-Galvez when she  met the respondents
   PNP Region-1 Director Ricardo Marquez, and acting 
Pangasinan  police Provincial Director Marlou Chan.

He said however that he could not cite the exact date when the NAPOLCOM submit to him the list. “Madali , minsan matagal-tagal ng kakaunti. Marami rin concern ina-attend iyong NAPOLCOM. Pero we are hopeful before the next meeting before September 5 magkakaroon na rin ng resolution”.
Marquez said the legal counsel and the camp of Espino are quite satisfied how the aspiration of the governor for the law to be followed progresses because they saw how the national police practice good faith when they promised in July 4, 2013 to observe the law when they met with the respondents and their counsel at the chamber of Judge Caridad Villegas-Galvez of Regional Trial Court Branch 69 here.
"So naniniwala na good faith ang national police dito. We have started the process by posting (the availability of the police post in Pangasinan). Kasi may notice of vacancy we completed the process by submitting the list of eligible,” he stressed.

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