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PNP reshuffles mobile force commanders in WV

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With just one week to go before the May 13 elections, the Philippine National Police has reshuffled the company commanders and platoon leaders of its Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RFMB) in Western Visayas.

The revamp, contained in Special Orders Number PRO-6 SO-RA-2019-654 issued last May 1, affected at least 13 personnel.

But Police Lt. Col. Joem Malong, PRO-6 spokeswoman, said this should be treated as a regular reshuffling of personnel.

“Several officers have already stayed in their position for more than a year alread. As the saying goes, ‘familiarity breeds contempt,’” she said.

“We need new commanders to tackle on issues surrounding their new assignment. They should be able to strike anywhere,” Malong added.

Among those affected are Police Maj. Renante Matillano, Police Lt. Col. Ryan Manongdo, P/Maj. Ramel Sarona, P/Lt. Col. Robert Petate, P/Maj. Stephen Somosot, and P/Lt. Col. Arnel Solis.

Matillano was relieved from Aklan Police Provincial Office (AKPPO) to Capiz PPO; Manongdo from AKPPO to Negros Occidental PPO (NOCPPO); Paguiao from Antique PPO (ANPPO) to Guimaras PPO; Sarona from Bacolod City PO to Iloilo PPO; Petate from CPPO to AKPPO; Somosot from GPPO to ANPPO; and Solis from IPPO to NOCPPO.

The revamp also reshuffled P/Lt. Col. Ferdinand Navales, P/Lt. Col Jay Malong, P/Lt. Col. Mario Baquiran, P/Maj. Lowell Garingalao, P/Maj. Donel Regis, and P/Maj. Yolando Lago.

From the IPPO, Navales is now with the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO); Malong from ICPO to IPPO; Baquiran and Garingalao from NOCPPO to IPPO; Regis from Office of the Regional Intelligence Division to AKPPO; and Lago from RFMB-6 to BCPO.

The reshuffle came after an ambush in Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, where armed men gunned down Michael Garcia and his nephew Councilor Mark Garcia last April 25.

Both Garcias are relatives of Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo who is running for mayor against incumbent Magdaleno Peña.

Even before the Garcia ambush, suspected New People’s Army members killed reelectionist Moises Padilla Councilor Jolomar Hilario inside his house last March 30.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) approved the revamp.