26 MPD cops complain about ‘unfair’ transfer

MANILA Mayor Alfredo Lim yesterday granted an audience with the 26 officers of the Manila Police District (MPD), who have been ordered transferred to far-away provinces, and the Manila’s Finest Brotherhood Inc. (MFBI) to discuss their sentiments regarding the order issued by the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Lim was with MPD Director Gen. Roberto Rongavilla, deputy director Col. Alex Gutierrez and all the station commanders of the MPD during the meeting with the MFBI officials and the chief inspectors who were set to be transferred.

The MFBI presented to Lim its position paper opposing the transfer, citing violations of Napolcom orders and the displacement of the police officers since they are not even aware of the terrain and dialect in the places of reassignment.

After hearing the officers, Lim gave the assurance that he and Rongavilla will make representations with the PNP, even as he advised them to write a personal appeal for the PNP’s reconsideration of its order reassigning them to far provinces such as Leyte, Cotabato and Mindanao.

Rongavilla agreed to Lim’s suggestion, saying a personal appeal will definitely help.

He said the chief inspectors can cite their reasons why they want to be retained in Manila.

Meanwhile, Lim learned that most of those being transferred have served the Manila police for as long as 30 years already and have therefore established their lives and families in Manila.

Aside from leaving the families displaced, Lim said the mass transfer will affect the efficiency of the command since some important posts will be vacated and the cases being handled by the chief inspectors will in effect be abandoned.  Jerry Tan

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