PNP relieves Valencia police chief

NEW CHIEF. Supt. Narciso D. Domingo assumes as Valencia City's new police chief after Supt. Adonis Mutia was sacked amid complaints of rising criminality in the city (WALTER I. BALANE)

MALAYBALAY CITY – The Philippine National Police relieved Valencia City police chief Supt. Adonis Mutia
amid reports of rising criminality, Police Supt. Canilo A. Fuentes, said deputy provincial director for operations of the Bukidnon Provincial Police Office.

Mutia had been subject of criticism cited in media reports for his alleged failure to curb robbery, carnapping, and killing incidents in the city over the past months. The city owns 29 percent or 565 of the index crime volume of Bukidnon’s 1,953. Index crimes include murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, carnapping, and cattle rustling.

Based on the statistics on criminal cases referred to or handled by reporting police stations in Bukidnon,  a copy of which was obtained by Bukidnon News from Fuentes, only 35 of the 565 or 6.19 percent of cases were solved in Valencia City from January to June 2011.

In Malaybalay City, only 33 of the 523 cases were classified as solved in the same period.

Fuentes pointed out in the KBP Bukidnon Interaction Sunday there was really lack of police visibility in the city. With Valencia’s 60 police personnel and a police to population ratio of 1:2,000; police visibility in the city was undermined, he added.

He said the ideal ratio is 1:500 residents, but that’s difficult to get because of the perpetual lack of personnel in the police force.

He also clarified that Mutia was also an “over staying” police officer in the city. He cited that usually an officer’s over stay in an assignment could lead to possible over familiarity.

Fuentes told Bukidnon News a new police chief, Supt. Narciso Domingo, has assumed Monday.  Domingo, until his appointment, was commandant of the Philippine National Police Academy in Silang, Cavite.

“With his assumption we hope to stop the resurgence of criminality in the city,” Fuentes added.

Domingo, who is from Kadingilan, Bukidnon, told Bukidnon News Monday he knew the weight of his big and new challenging job.

“A lot of things needs to be done,” he added. Domingo vowed to pursue the criminals and make Valencia City “a better place to live in.”

Just last week Radyo Mo Nationwide (RMN) reported that five cases of robbery and three carnap cases were reported to the police.

In the morning Mutia turned over the responsibility to Domingo, another businessman was held in Valencia City. Fuentes reported that the victim evaded death but was left wounded in the attack. (Walter I. Balane)

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