The police commander who was sacked for giving a 10,000 death-toll estimate for Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) will be reinstated, Interior and Local government Secretary Mar Roxas said.
In an radio interview Wednesday, Roxas said Chief Supt. Elmer Soria, who was police chief for Eastern Visayas, can get back his old post once he completed his stress debriefing and once is declared fit to resume his duty.
Roxas said there’s a big chance Soria will be reinstated since Soria, a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 82, has a good record as a police officer.
Soria was as police commander of Easter Visayas police last November 13 a day after President Aquino said in an interview over CNN that Soria’s estimate of 10,000 deaths was too much, saying 2,500 was a more realistic figure.
“There was emotional trauma involved with that particular estimate quoting both the police official and local government and they did not have a basis for it,” Aquino said.
As of Wednesday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) has placed the official number of dead at 5,500, and the missing at 1,757.
Director General Alan Purisima, PNP chief had ordered Soria transferred to the office of the PNP chief in Camp Crame, where police officials on floating status or with no active assignment are shipped.