2 ex-spokesmen of PNP vying for NCRPO post

TWO former spokesmen of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are reportedly eyeing the top post in the National Capital Regional Police Office (Ncrpo), Camp Crame sources disclosed yesterday.

The two are Chief Supt. Samuel Pagdilao Jr., who belongs to Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of ’79, and Chief Supt. Nicanor Bartlome, a PMA Class ‘80 member.

The NCRPO post have been left ‘virtually’ open following the hostage-taking of a tourist bus in Luneta, Manila last August 23 that ended in a disaster, the source said.

Eight Chinese tourists and the lone hostage-taker, a dismissed policeman, were killed in the bungled rescue try that resulted in an international embarrassment for the nation.

“Let’s admit it, after that incident, only time will tell when the current chief of the NCRPO will be relieved from his post and replaced,” said the police official, who asked not to be named.

The current NCRPO chief, Director Leocadio Santiago, is among the 13 government and police officials that the Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC) recommended to be charged for the fiasco.

Pagdilao, a lawyer by profession, is currently detailed as chief of the Police Regional Office 6 (Western Visayas), while Bartolome is the police director for the Southern Tagalog region (Calabarzon).

“In terms of experience in Metro Manila, Pagdilao has a slight edge,” the source said.

Pagdilao was a former police chief of Caloocan City. He was also a former deputy district director for administration of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) before being named as PNP spokesman in 2005.

Bartolome, on the other hand has twice served as PNP spokesman when Sen. Panfilo Lacson was still the PNP chief. He held the same position during the terms of PNP chiefs Avelino Razon Jr. and Jesus Versoza.  Anthony Vargas

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