DILG sacks Benguet police chief

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Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento has relieved Benguet provincial police director Senior Supt. David Lacdan from his post on Tuesday due to his alleged poor performance in the face of Typhoon Lando’s onslaught in Northen Luzon.

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“I asked the PNP chief [Director General Ricardo Marquez] to relieve Benguet Provincial Director for [the]big number of casualties,” Sarmiento said in his text messages to members of the PNP press Corps.

The interior secretary cited Lacdan’s failure to notify residents and properly implement the preemptive evacuation of residents of Benguet Province as Typhoon Lando moves slowly towards Northern Luzon on Sunday.

Benguet Province was placed under typhoon Signal No. 3 a day before Typhoon Lando made its landfall in Aurora Province on Sunday.

PNP Spokesman, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, told reporters in Camp Crame that Lacdan has been assigned to the headquarters of the Police Regional Office of the Cordillera Administrative Region.

The PNP spokesman said that taking over as the provincial director is Senior Supt. Dave Peredo.

Based on the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s, as of 6a.m. Wednesday, two persons have been confirmed killed in Benguet due to the typhoon.

At least a total of seven people were reportedly killed in Cordillera Administrative Region and at least 564 families or 2,302 people in 23 barangays were displaced in the province.

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