Cambay retained as police chief
BAGUIO CITY – Sr. Supt. Jesus Cambay Jr. will remain as director of the Baguio City Police, Mayor Mauricio Domogan announced.
The mayor said Police Regional Office Cordillera (PRO-COR) acting regional director Chief Supt. Isagani Nerez decided to retain Cambay during their dialogue last Tuesday where the chief executive threw his vote of confidence for the beleaguered police director and attested to his adequate performance.
“We are happy that this has been ironed out and Gen. Nerez, whom we have full trust and confidence in, respected our wishes. Now, we can continue to work together. We continue to give our full support to our police chief Cambay and the same support will also be given to our PRO-COR chief Nerez,” the mayor said in his Ugnayang Panlungsod press briefing.
He said all the concerns raised by Nerez have been relayed to Cambay for action and they expect the police chief to address them for the further improvement of peace and order programs in the city.
Nerez last week informed the mayor of Cambay’s impending replacement on March 1 or six months before he completes his prescribed two-year tour of duty in the city in September but the mayor and Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr., in their reply, asked Nerez to forgo with the plan saying they are satisfied with Cambay’s performance.
Some councilors also backed Cambay’s retention with Councilor Leandro Yangot Jr. proposing a resolution “expressing the city government’s uncompromising and full support” for him and noting the adverse effect of the “sudden and unilateral replacement of the BCPO director” on the implementation of security and peace and order programs amid the numerous and crowd-drawing events lined up in the city for the summer vacation.
“There is a need for the PRO-COR regional director to set aside his planned replacement of the BCPO Director… in the interest of fair play and due process considering that the incumbent City Director had been doing a good job 24/7 and the City Government is convinced of his significant accomplishments over the past one year and four months as head of Baguio’s Finest,” Yangot noted.
The bodydecided to invite Nerez to its session on to shed light on his position.
Domogan said he also received resolutions of support for Cambay from the barangays and the Hotel and Restaurants Association of Baguio (HRAB) which also attested to Cambay’s satisfactory performance.
“The bottomline here is performance because if he is really not performing well, then nobody will support him. And who will assess his performance? Of course it’s not only the PNP but also the people here in the city who know first-hand how he is performing his tasks,” the mayor said. – A Refuerzo