TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino on Thursday, January 25, finally took over as the new commander of the Police Regional Office 2 (PRO2).
In his speech during the turnover ceremony, Espino said he will uphold the “ABCDE Leadership Principle” in implementing a “less bloody” war against illegal drugs and other crimes in the Cagayan Valley region.
Espino said the ABCDE means, “Always Busy Catching Criminal Drug pusher/user with Empathy,” adding that the principle had been “effective” during his leadership as the regional director of Central Visayas region.
Although the campaign against criminality will be less bloody, Espino said he will lead an intensified intelligence-driven operations against illegal drugs in the region.
He said he will use the war on drugs and criminalities as requirements for police officers 1’s (PO1) promotion, meaning a PO1 should at least have one affidavit of arrest as merit for promotion to next rank.
“Kailangang makahuli ng drug pusher/user o criminal ang isang bagitong pulis bago siya mapromote sa mas mataas na ranggo. Sa pamamagitan nito ay obligadong magpursige ang mga pulis na makahuli ng mga criminal bigatin man o pipitsugin,” Espino said.
He added that he will also intensify the police visibility in villages to control the surge of crime rate in the region.
Meanwhile, Espino also led the wreath-laying at Governor Marcelo A. Adduru monument at the regional police camp to commemorate the 3rd year anniversary of the killing of 44 members of the Special Action Forces (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP). Northernforum.net