For his new and bigger assignment in Manila, Police Chief Superintendent (PCSupt) Marcelo P. Garbo Jr. formally relinquished his post as Philippine National Police (PNP) 7 director on Friday, July 11. Meanwhile, PCSupt Generoso Cerbo Jr. replaced Garbo in an interim capacity, with the latter taking the post as National Capital Region Police Office chief.
Garbo could have already left the PRO 7 for a two-star general rank had there been no irregularities occurring during his turn in the region especially in Cebu. Two of the biggest challenges he faced was the standoff at the Capitol when then Governor Gwendolyn Garcia refused to serve her suspension order issued by the Department of the Interior and Local Government last December.
Garbo was also tasked to handle the peaceful administration of the national elections in the region last year.
Governor Hilario Davide III, who attended the turnover ceremony, was asked by the media who is his personal choice to replace the outgoing regional director. Davide said it is not anymore his responsibility but added he would prefer a Cebuano regional director, who is well-versed about the province.
Garbo, in his farewell speech, thanked his colleagues in the PNP service for supporting his leadership. He admitted he might have caused “pains and inconveniences” during his one year and nine-month stint as PRO 7 chief but assured there was nothing personal.
“Trabaho lang po (It is job-related). Let me assure you that what I have done, that what I am doing, and what I will be doing will all be for the good of the Filipino people,” he said.
He added that “this may not be enough and may not be the best” but “at least I can proudly say that I have done it with all my heart.” Before he relinquished his post on July 11, Garbo bade goodbye to Davide and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale.
Davide is also awaiting for the official list of names as potential replacement of Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Director Senior Supt Patrocinio Commendador, who has already served the province for more than two years.
He said three names were being mentioned but he has yet to receive the official list from the PNP regional director. Under the law, a governor is given the power to choose a PNP provincial director. (Xerxes Alkuino)