Malaybalay city council wants sacked police chief retained

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/14 January) The Malaybalay City council passed a resolution urging the Philippine National Police to retain P/Supt. Oscar Jacildo, who was sacked with three other Bukidnon police chiefs last week for inaccuracy in crime reporting.

In the resolution addressed to Police Chief Supt. Catalino Rodriguez, PNP Northern Mindanao regional director, city councilors cited that Jacildo “has been effective in his duty and has been supportive to the (city) administration.”

“His services and accomplishments had been recognized at par excellence by the local officials of the city,” said the resolution passed on January 7, the day after he was relieved.

The city council cited that Jacildo showed exemplary performance arresting notorious criminals and at the same time neutralizing organized syndicate.

Vice mayor Roland Deticio told Bukidnon News they were dismayed at the reason cited of his relief and called it “uncalled for”. The resolution described Jacildo’s relief as “unceremonious”

But he clarified to P/Supt. Marcial Rey Frontreras, who assumed Jacildo’s post as of January 7, which the latter should do his best as they entrust to him the security and safety of the city.

Frontreras, who paid a courtesy call at the city council Tuesday, vowed to do what he can even if he admitted that he, too, was surprised of Jacildo’s relief. Frontreras, who admitted that as officer in charge he is a “caretaker,” used to be with the provincial police command’s investigation unit.

Frontreras, however, told the city council he will send an application to the post of chief of police.

According to Republic Act 8551 or the Philippine National Police Act, it is the Regional Officers’ Placement Board who recommends a list of five candidates for the choice of police chief. But it is the local chief executive who will pick his choice out from the ROPB list.

Deticio said they were caught surprised at the relief of Jacildo considering that the latter told them he was given a chance to correct it and was able to correct it.

“His performance can outdo that,” he said, adding, “it’s a flimsy reason compared to his good performance.”

Deticio added that the local government unit through the chief executive is vested with the authority among others, to select a chief of police to be assigned in its area of jurisdiction.

Jacildo assumed as police chief on February 16, 2012 to replace Supt. Erwin Bayani Meneses, who was reported to have completed his tour of duty back in October 2011.

He was the choice of Mayor Zubiri from five names recommended by the PNP.
Jacildo belongs to the Philippine National Police Academy Batch 1995. He assumed the post then in time with the start of the month long Kaamulan 2012, which is held annually in the city of Malaybalay. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News.Net)