Replacing CPPO chief prerogative of Duterte admin, says Davide

“This is bound to happen.”

This was the reaction of Governor Hilario Davide III when reporters sought his comment regarding the replacement of Senior Supt. Clifford Gairanod as director of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO).

“I can understand this because it’s a new administration. This is bound to happen. I’m expecting police officials to be reassigned,” said Davide.

Though he expected the reshuffling as part of police policy, Davide admitted he was caught by surprised that he was not informed beforehand about the changes in the CPPO.

“It is probably better that they have the freehand to pick their choice so that the position would not be politicized. They knew the performance of their own people,” he said.

In the past, Davide said, he would be notified ahead by Camp Crame if there were any changes in the police leadership in the province.

Under the Local Government Code (LGC) 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 (LGU)—the mayor or governor.

The law requires the PNP to submit a list of three nominees for the chief of police, from which the local chief executive will select.

Asked if he agrees to the appointment of a new CPPO director without consulting him, Davide said he does not mind as long as the police officers are effective and faithful to their jobs.

“The most important thing here is they could meet our expectations especially in the campaign against illegal drugs,” he said.

Responding to the query about his assessment of Gairanod, Davide said he was satisfied with the performance of the former CPPO director.

Quoting news reports, Gairanod will be replaced by Senior Supt. Jose Macanas from the Highway Patrol Group. Davide said he has yet to meet with Senior Supt. Macanas. (Kelvin Canizares)