New PNP-OIC says “misfits in uniform” will not be condoned
posted 30-Sep-2018  ·  
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SSupt. Panganiban

Misfits in uniform will not be tolerated by the Catanduanes Provincial Police Office, officer-in-charge Senior Superintendent Jonathan Panganiban told local media in a dialogue held in his office last Sept. 20, 2018.

The recently-designated OIC-police director made the statement even as he stressed that Catandunganon lawmen in general are credible, with integrity and can be trusted and relied upon by the public.

He assured the media that should there be PNP personnel involved in any illegal activities, mechanisms are already in place to address complaints against the erring officers.

Senior Supt. Panganiban swapped posts with former Catanduanes police director Senior Supt. Felix Servita Jr. who is now city police director in Naga City.

OIC Panganiban did not reply to a query as to his opinion regarding the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte that Naga City is a hotbed of illegal drugs. He said that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Administration (PDEA) is the lead agency in the fight against illegal drugs and that it is in the best position to reply to questions regarding the presidential declaration.

The new Camp Camacho commander made it clear to the local media that the local police will adhere to the standing protocols on media interviews being implemented by the Police Regional Office 5. “Questions regarding any incident that occurred within the jurisdiction of a lower unit should be referred first to the commander of the concerned unit so as to give the public a more reliable and first-hand information,” he stressed.

Panganiban also assured that the PNP-media group chat on Messenger continues to be active and that significant incidents of interest to the media may still be posted by the chief of police of each station for the information of the public.

However, he clarified that matters involving an on-going police operation or investigation of an incident may not be released outright to keep vital details from leaking out to the public, something that could prove detrimental to the investigation or operation.

Senior Supt. Panganiban expressed appreciation for the presence of the local media and appealed to them to continue supporting the PNP, citing the police organization’s need for media support through a balanced and fair reporting of incidents and in informing the public of the PNP’s advocacies, plans, programs and accomplishments.

The meeting organized by the OIC-police director through the Police-Community Relations Branch headed by Supt. James Ronatay, was intended to provide Panganiban an opportunity to be acquainted with the media practitioners and further strengthen police-media relations.

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