Capitol sought replacement of Chan

Philippine News Agency:

Lingayen, Pangasinan  — The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) is set to revive its resolution seeking the ouster of Senior Superintendent Marlou Chan as officer-in-charge of the Pangasinan Police Office (PPO) now that the election is over.

This was indicated by most SP members in their first session Monday after the election although they withheld yet their discussion on the matter.

Before the election, the SP headed by reelected Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, initiated an earlier petition, for the replacement of Chan, citing among others his inability to curb crimes in various parts of the province.

Few days ago, no less than Governor Amado Espino Jr. sought the replacement of Chan as OIC provincial director shortly after he was proclaimed by the Provincial Board of Canvassers for a third and final term of office.

Espino said he was displeased with the performance of Chan during the election and accused him of harassing candidates of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) in the just concluded-election in favor of Liberal Party candidates.

Reelected Second District Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil, a retired police general, who confirmed that the police in Pangasinan did not play their cards well in the last election and tended to be biased in favor of administration candidates.

But Bataoil admitted that there are police officers who performed well in their respective assignments during the election worthy of their uniform.

He said as head of the province, Gov. Espino must be allowed to choose from among three officers recommended by the higher PNP headquarters to become the provincial director of Pangasinan based on PNP law.

Chan became OIC of the Pangasinan police last December and never went through the selection process allowed by the PNP law.

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