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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, January 3, 2019
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New police directors


The Philippine National Police has started the reshuffling of its provincial police directors in Western Visayas, in preparation for the elections in May.

Senior Supt. Romeo Baleros has been named officer-in-charge of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office effective Jan. 7, Supt. Joem Malong, Police Regional Office 6 spokesperson, said yesterday.

Baleros, Police Regional Intelligence Division chief, swapped positions with Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, who was relieved as Negros Occidental, provincial police director on December 20.

Senior Supt. Julio Gustilo is also up for relief as Guimaras provincial police director, and Senior Supt. Hector Maestral, chief of the PRO 6 Headquarters Service Group, has been named as his successor, Malong said.

There was instruction from Camp Crame to replace provincial police directors who have rendered tours of duty for two years, she added.

Castil and Gustilo each served as provincial directors of Negros Occidental and Guimaras for one year and eight months.

Before his assignment in Western Visayas, Baleros, a graduate of the Philippine National Police Academy, served as acting regional chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Northern Mindanao and was also assigned to the PNP Civil Security Group.

The election period for the May polls will be from January 13 to June 12.*


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