SENIOR Supt. Elmer Jamias on Monday has been named as the new director of the Eastern Police District (EPD), replacing Chief Supt. Abelardo Villacorta.
Jamias, the former deputy director for administration of Southern Police District (SPD), who figured in a confrontation with Vice President Jejomar Binay last July when police blocked the supporters of Makati Mayor Junjun Binay from entering the City Hall compound when the second suspension order against the mayor was about to be served, on Monday, formally assumed the post of officer-in-charge of EPD in a ceremony at the headquarters in Pasig City.
The newly appointed EPD director also warned the four chiefs of police in the metro eastern area to do their jobs well as mandated by the Philippine National Police chief Ricardo Marquez, especially curbing all forms of criminality through Oplan Lambat Sibat.
“Back to basic po tayong lahat kung saan mas maraming beat patrol ang itatalaga kaya ang mga hepe ng pulis natin ay iyan ang ating sinabi dahil ganyan ang gagawin ng lahat [We will go back to basics when more beat patrols were deployed, so our police chiefs will do just that],” Jamias told reporters in an interview.
Jamias said the police chiefs would be given a grace period of three months to respond to the peace and order programs in their areas, while those who are not performing will be sacked from their post.
The newly installed EPD chief also assured that he is going to continue the good programs of his predecessor who will effectively retire from the police service on Wednesday.
NEIL A. ALCOBER