New Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Director Senior Supt. Jose Macanas could now heave a sigh of relief after paying a courtesy call to Gov. Hilario P. Davide III on Wednesday afternoon.
“I understand that we have a new administration, so don’t worry about it. You will have my full support,” Davide said referring to PNP’s move in replacing heads of provincial and regional police offices without consulting the local chief executives.
Under the Local Government Code of 1991, authored by Sen. Nene Pimentel Jr., the power to select the chief of police rests on the hand of the head of the local government unit.
The law requires the PNP to submit a list of three nominees for the chief of police from which the mayor or governor will select.
Earlier reports quoted Davide saying it would probably be better to give the PNP a freehand to choose the next CPPO director to avoid suspicion of politics behind the appointment.
“What they say about the governor is really true. He’s a good man,” said Macanas in an ambush interview after emerging from the governor’s office.
Macanas replaced Senior Supt. Clifford Gairanod as part of a major revamp of PNP officials nationwide.
“I could see the commitment of the governor to help us. Initially, I was worried by his reaction because traditionally the local chief executive has a say in choosing the new CPPO director,” he expressed.
Macanas, a former head of the Highway Patrol Group in Central Visayas, appeared to be shy when he settled on the couch inside the governor’s office.
After greeting Macanas with a handshake, Davide engaged the new CPPO chief in a friendly conversation, which seemed to relieve him of his discomfort.
“If you need something from the province, just call us,” said Davide at the end of the meeting. (Kelvin Cañizares)