THE police commander for Eastern Visayas who infuriated President Benigno Aquino 3rd by saying that the death toll from typhoon Yolanda could reach 10,000 is due to be replaced, reliable police sources said on Thursday.
An official of the Philippine National Police who asked not to be named said Chief Supt. Elmer Soria will be relieved as commander for the Eastern Visayas regional police office.
The looming revamp came on the heels of Soria’s estimate that 10,000 people were killed in Tacloban City.
But the police officials said that Soria’s relief is not connected with his controversial statement on the number of typhoon casualty.
“He is due to be replaced, but was put on hold because of the election ban,” the PNP official said.
However, the source said that Soria’s remark may have contributed to his early relief.