11 Metro Manila cops to be promoted Monday


Posted at May 17 2020 03:17 PM | Updated as of May 17 2020 03:33 PM

PNP officers continue to man a checkpoint along the South Luzon Expressway in Makati City amid Typhoon Ambo on May 15, 2020. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA - Eleven officials of the Metro Manila Police are set to be promoted Monday, nearly a week after the unit was criticized for holding a birthday party for its chief.

The public information office of embattled police chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas issued the statement Saturday, a day after he and 18 others were charged for allegedly violating pandemic protocols by allowing and participating in a mass gathering.

Among those charged was Col. Rodel Pastor, who Sinas named as the new acting chief of the Regional Personnel and Records Management Division. 

He will replace Col. Maria Camarao, who was designated as director of the PNP Recruitment and Selection Service.

Col. Hector Grijaldo Jr., who was relieved last month as Cebu City police chief for hitting subordinates on the head, replaced Pastor as the secretary of the chief regional staff.

Col. Bernard Yang, who was axed in February for his supposed involvement in illegal gambling, was named as officer-in-charge of the Makati City Police Station. 

Sinas also designated Col. Raul Tacaca as Quezon City Police District's (QCPD) chief district directorial staff. Tacaca was relieved from his post as Negros Oriental police chief last year following a spate of killings in the province.

Col. Arthur Bisnar was assigned as acting director of the PNP Retirement and Benefits Administration Service. He will be replaced by Col. Juan Anoñuevo as QCPD's deputy district director for administration.

Col. Randy Silvio was named officer-in-charge of the Metro Manila Police's regional mobile force battalion, while Col. Rogelio Simon was assigned as acting chief of its regional operations division.

Col. Enrico Vargas was designated as Southern Police District's deputy district director for operations, and Col. Ferdinand Navarro as QCPD's deputy district director for operations.

The reassignments "aims to boost the morale" of the Metro Manila Police, according to its PIO. The region's police is overseeing the modified lockdown of 12 million people to prevent the spread of COVID-19.