By Janice Hidalgo
“One of my intense passions is to retire from the police service in that position. I will be able to serve PNP Chief Director General Jesus Verzosa and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on a nationwide scale in the field of Police Community Relations (PCR).
” This was said by Police Director Leopoldo Bataoil of the PNP Directorate for Integrated Police Operation-Northern Luzon (Dipo-NL) as he was set to go back to his old post as head of the PNP Directorate for Police Community Relations (DPCR). Bataoil said the turn-over of command is set Saturday afternoon. As of this posting however, he had no idea yet as to who will be assigned to succeed him. But in any eventuality, he said, Dipo-NL Deputy Director Frank Manalo will assume as officer-in-charge. “I will serve in three months time. I want to make every day of that three months an accomplishment day of Police Community Relations,” he remarked. “Before President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo left for the US, I informed her about it and asked her permission when she went to Pampanga… She said I am fit to the position. It shows that President Arroyo is really a hands-on leader because she is aware of what is happening at our level,” he said. Bataoil must have assumed as DPCR director Saturday. He is set to retire on October 22,
2009. He said he requested though for an earlier retirement on October 15. Bataoil served as PNP Information Officer and spokesperson under three PNP chiefs. “I want to be remembered by my kabaleyan as a police officer who devoted his time in active service, all for the PNP,” Bataoil said. As to Dipo-Northern Luzon, he reported that in such a short period, the office under his watch had many memorable and significant operational and administrative accomplishments. The latest of which was the neutralization of five members of a kidnap-for-ransom group who were supposed to kidnap a wealthy businessman in Dagupan City. Bataoil once served as provincial police director in Pangasinan when he was the director at the Police Regional Office (PRO) in Ilocos Region. The PRO1 recorded an unprecedented back-to-back Best Regional Police Office award during his term. Before his assignment to the newly created Dipo-Northern Luzon few months ago, he headed the National Capital Region Police Office.