Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur — The local police chief here has been relieved from his post for disobeying orders from the highest official of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Relieved as city police chief was Supt. Michael Palermo. He was replaced by Supt. Kiram Jimlani, the former deputy provincial director for operations and chief of the intelligence division.
Sr. Supt. Sofronio Ecaldre, provincial police director, on Monday said Palermo was relieved after he ordered the taping of the gun muzzles of policemen, contrary to the order of PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.
Dela Rosa stopped the practice of taping the gun muzzles of policemen during the holiday season, citing it did not prevent indiscriminate firing by policemen in past Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Dela Rosa decided to forgo the tapping of the gun muzzles to also show to the citizenry that policemen are now more disciplined under his stewardship.
Ecaldre said Palermo ordered the taping of gun muzzles of the local policemen despite the directive from Dela Rosa, resulting in his relief from his thus, he was post effective December 31, 2016.
Jimlani has assured the residents of this city that he will continue to implement the programs of the PNP, especially the war against drugs of President Duterte.
He commended the local police force for the efforts against the sale of illegal firecracker that resulted in zero firecracker-related injury during the New Year revelries.