By Rose Anne Dela Cruz
GRUDGINGLY but like a good follower, the former National Capital Region Police Office chief, Director Camilo Cascolan, has accepted his designation as the new director of the Philippine National Police-Civil Security Group, a unit that is seen as mostly for policemen in “floating status.”
PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde issued the transfer order just five weeks after Cascolan was promoted to the top post of the NCRPO.
Cascolan was replaced by former CALABARZON Regional Director Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar.
What could have happened?
“Am I not fit for the job?” asked Cascolan after learning of his transfer to a post he was already assigned to before. With a hint of demoralization, he proudly noted that it was during his stint at the NCRPO that Metro Manila recorded the lowest weekly crime rate since the start of the Duterte Administration.
Furthermore, Cascolan expressed disappointment and frustration with the sudden movement as he was just implementing his plans in NCRPO. He also insists that what happened to him is a demotion since he could have been the next chief of directorial staff, the PNP’s number 4 man, once Deputy Director General Ramon Apolinario, retires in September, had he not been relegated to the CSG post.
To follow order
“Well, that’s the discretion of the Chief PNP. Sa akin anuman ang order, we have to follow because he is the Chief PNP”, Cascolan bitterly said.
Cascolan and Albayalde are mistahs (classmates) of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1986.
Not a personal decision
But Albayalde remains adamant and defended the revamp insisting that “it’s not actually a demotion, lalong-lalo na kay NCRPO, na ilinagay natin sa CSG. Actually it’s a national support unit, national in scope, parang CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) yan. Ang cue dyan, we’re putting the right persons on the right job,” Albayalde said, adding that the revamp was not his personal decision.
“Hindi lamang tayo nakatutok sa NCRPO, makita n’yo, napakarami. What we did is a major revamp, it is a command decision, a collective effort, a collective decision. It is not my decision, it is a collective decision, it is a command decision yung nangyaring revamp na yan.”, Albayalde noted.