THE National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) is getting more pressure from Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd to step up its anti-criminality campaign in the region.
NCR or Metro Manila is composed of 16 cities and one town with a total population of 12 million.
The NCRPO chief, Director Carmelo Valmoria, recently ordered the sacking of Supt. Bernard Tambaoan for apparently poor administrative performance and apparent under-reporting of the true crime picture in Caloocan City, where he is the chief of police.
Valmoria last Tuesday also ordered the canning Supt. Luis Rafinan Francisco, commander of Manila Police District (MPD) Station 11, for his apparent failure to reduce criminal incidents in his area of responsibility.
“The leadership of NCRPO has sent a strong signal to all chiefs of police and station commanders in Metro Manila that they will be relieved from their posts if they cannot keep up with their performance to bring down crime incidents in their areas of responsibility,” Roxas said.
Meanwhile, he added, Police Officer 2 Cesar Tolentino of the Caloocan City Police will be given special recognition for his efforts in neutralizing two motorcycle-riding suspects that robbed an Orange Gas Station along Quirino Avenue last August 17.
Roxas also cited the NCRPO on the arrests of car hijacker Marc Lester Reyes and three others; Arnold Binasoy, one of the most wanted persons in Isabela province; and Roger Rasaban, another most wanted person in Pasay City.
Valmoria has deployed more than 100 police personnel from Camp Crame and NCRPO’s Regional Public Safety Battalions in areas where crimes are known to be high.
He has sent 932 police trainees to the five police districts in Metro Manila in a bid to improve police visibility and enhance police campaign against criminality in the NCR.
Roxas has directed Valmoria to also deploy augmentation troops to police stations in areas in the cities of Caloocan, Pasay and Quezon where a rise in homicides, thefts and robberies incidents had been recorded.
“We have to continuously think of ways on how to improve further our anti-criminality campaign. We must determine if we need to change our anti-crime tools or determine if it’s the leadership that we need to change,” he told the NCRPO chief.
“What we need here is to raise the ante of their performance. If they cannot keep up with our standards, you should fire them [under-performing police officers]. I do not care who their padrinos [godfathers]are. We should replace them ASAP if they cannot perform according to what is expected of them.”