Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New PRO5 chief assumes office, declares war against illegal drugs and criminality
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, July 4 (PNA) -- Police Chief Supt. Melvin Marlon G. Buenafe is the new and 15th Regional Director of Police Regional Office 5 (PRO5) as he assumed office in "acting" capacity after the turnover ceremonies held at the grandstand of Camp Gen. Simeon Ola on Monday morning.

Buenafe is a native of Naga City in Camarines Sur. The former Regional Director, Chief Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr., who is an Albayano, is now assigned as the new head of Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) in Camp Crame.

The turnover of command was officiated by Director Federico Castro Jr., Director of Directorate for Integrated Police Operation for Southern Luzon as the installing officer and guest of honor.

In his acceptance speech, Buenafe announced the program of the new administration to declare war against proliferation of illegal drugs, criminality, corruption and all forms of illegal activities and vowed to implement it in the Bicol area.

"His Excellency, President Rodrigo R. Duterte and PNP Chief Director General Ronald 'Bato' Dela Rosa, has a marching order to me before going here in the Bicol region to stop the problem on illegal drugs and criminality within the period of 3 to 6 months," Buenafe said.

Buenafe gave his warning to all drug personalities in the Bicol area to stop and surrender or face the consequences of their illegal actions in the coming days.

He also warned some erring personnel of the Philippine National Police who are involved in said illegal activities. According to Buenafe, before going to PRO5, he was receiving reports against some PNP personnel who are involved in some illegal activities especially on drugs.

"I am warning all policemen in the Bicol region that this is not just a 'one time big time operation' but a continuous effort against illegal drugs and criminalities...The marching order is very clear, we have to stop all of these in a short period of time," Buenafe said.

"If some are not seriously taking this order, I would advice you to start packing up because I will not tolerate you..we should be united in attacking this problem," he said.

From July 1, Camp Crame began weekly monitoring of the operations being conducted by all Police Regional Offices and Provincial Offices down to City and Municipal Police Stations nationwide. The higher authorities already have the lists of the drug personalities in each region and their suspected coddlers.

Buenafe said they have lined up all the programs of operations and that they will implement them immediately. He specifically mentioned Naga City, Tabaco City, Masbate City and Legazpi City as the areas with the biggest problem on illegal drugs among the cities in the region.

Buenafe said that they are taking up this problem seriously because if this problem would not stop, in a span of seven or more years, the Philippines will be under the rule of narco politics.

In his press conference, he also called for the support of the tri-media in their fight against drugs and criminality, pointing out that this is the time to act collectively. (PNA) LAP/JH/CBD