“Duterte”s choice” is new CL top cop

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    CITY OF SAN FER – NANDO  –  The  officer  reputedly   handpicked  by  incoming  President  Duterte now sits as the  new director of the Po – lice Regional Office 3.

    In simple ceremonies  at the Camp Olivas here  Monday,  outgoing  PNP  Chief  Director  Gener – al Ricardo Marquez in – stalled Chief Supt. Aaron  Aquino  as  the  new  Central  Luzon  police  head, succeeding Chief  Supt. Rudy Lacadin who  stepped  down  May  30  upon reaching the man – datory retirement age of  56.

    Raised   in   Tarlac  province,  Aquino  is  a  member  of  the  Philip – pine  Military  Acade – my  “Sandiwa”  class  of  1985. He had been as – signed mostly in south – ern  Mindanao  areas  since he joined the po – lice  organization.  Prior  to  this  newest  posting,  Aquino  served  as  dep – uty regional director for Police  Regional  Office  11 which counted Duter – te’s Davao City within its  area of jurisdiction. 

    On  the  incoming  President’s   campaign  promise  to  crush  drug  trafficking and organized  crime in his first three to  six months in the presidency,  Aquino  vowed:  “We will do our best to  help our commander in  chief meet his deadline  and noble intentions to  make  this  organization  worthy of respect.”

    In his opening statement  at  the  turn-over  rites  at  the  multipurpose hall in Camp Olivas,  Aquino  laid  down  the  framework  of  his Central  Luzon  watch,  thus: “Peace and order  initiatives, other law en – forcement functions and  application  with  unique  but  time  tested  strate – gies, plus the PNP and  AFP  collaboration  and  interoperability   would  be the key in serving the  people in this region.” 

    This, even as he paid  credit to his predecessor  Lacadin  for  his  performance.   

    Lacadin  served  as  the region’s top cop for  over  nine  months.  But  the  short  time  of  his  stay did not prevent him  from  “outstanding  performance”  that  merited  high praises from his su – periors, including Interi – or Secretary Mel Senen  Sarmiento,  and    the  Pampanga  Press  Club  which  hailed  him  as  “Most  Outstanding  Capampangan in the field  of Law Enforcement” at  its 67th anniversary cel – ebrations last March. 

    The  outgoing  PNP  chief also lauded Laca – din,  thus:  “Rudy’s  action-filled   nine-month  stint in region 3 result – ed in the deaths of hard – ened  street  criminals,  illegal  drugs  trafficking  gangs,  and  other  law – less elements who were  killed in legitimate police  operations.”

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