108 Ilocos police chiefs reshuffled ahead of 2019 elections

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) Ilocos Region has reshuffled 108 of its local chiefs in preparation for the 2019 elections, regional police office spokesperson Superintendent Mary Peralta confirmed to Rappler on Thursday, January 3.

“108 local police chiefs shuffled effective January 2,” Peralta said in a phone interview.

The reshuffled policemen account for almost all top cops of Ilocos, as they currently have 125 local police stations.

The 17 others were not plucked from their positions, Peralta said, because they were relatively new to their posts. They would be reshuffled later, she added.

The regional refitting was done so that the police officials don’t get “too familiar” with their counterpart local chief executives. Ideally, local police chiefs stay in one position for a maximum of two years only before being transferred or promoted. 

Of the 108 transferred, Peralta said there were two police chiefs who were first relieved because of stray bullet incidents in their areas of responsibility. These are the police chiefs of San Carlos City and Basista town in Pangasinan.

The PNP is currently collating the list of cities and municipalities and names of police officials affected by the overhaul. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.