City Councilor Allan Gel Cordova considers Supt. Jonathan Pineda, former Dumaguete City police director, as one of a kind but said he doesn’t want the city to appear as if it is obsessed with him.
He said that personally, he is happy with Pineda’s sense of professionalism and dedication to public service.
But Cordova said it would be unfair to the new OIC chief of police, Supt. Gregorio Galsim, if the city continues to sing Pineda’s praises.
He enjoined other members of the SP to give the PNP leadership all the support for the sake of peace and order in the city.
Earlier, Mayor Felipe Remollo bluntly answered “about face” when asked what his marching orders for Galsim were upon his assumption on Monday.
Remollo voiced his misgivings on the PNP’s decision to relieve Pineda, who he said, has performed well in Dumaguete.
He said that instead of acceding to the city’s request for additional troops, the provincial police command pulled out a performing chief of police.
It would have been better if Pineda was pulled out because of his excellent performance and promoted to a higher position, but he was assigned in the NORPPO Provincial Operations Branch, Remollo said.
He said he would not want to question the wisdom of the police higher ups, but claimed due process was not followed and he should have been given a list of three names to choose from, in selecting the new chief of police.
This is the second time that the mayor’s right to choose was bypassed; the first was when the previous chief of police, Supt. Jovito Atanacio, was replaced by Pineda.
But it was corrected when the PNP leadership sent a list of three names for him to choose, that included Pineda.
Remollo said he is hopeful they will be able to get Pineda back after the elections.*
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