Manaoag Police Station hosts VIPs – Chief
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
MANAOAG – Being assigned as chief of police (COP) in this police station entails a big responsibility.
This is because this pilgrimage town is host to luminaries like the president of the Republic, senators, congressmen and cabinet members who come to attend mass a the world famous Minore Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag.
According to the newly installed COP Senior Inspector Roderick Ylan Gonzales, while just barely warming his seat, he had already been a host to Senator JV Ejercito Estrada, Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan), Governor Amado Espin, Jr., Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim, businessman Edward Aguilar, Regional Director Police Chief Supt. Ericson T. Velasques, Chief Supt. General Diosdado Valeroso, to name a few, at the world class multi-million pesos two-storey visitor’s lounge of the police station.
Since September when he took the reign of the police from Chief Inspector Edison Revita, Gonzales expedited the procurement of needed equipment like the two P15 thousand worth Epson F-20 printers and P16 thousand high resolution cameras.
He said he bought them through solicitations from friends when he was just two weeks in office.
“We will be using them on the police civil relation, tactical operation centre. We have been printing a lot of documents here, and we need these equipmens badly,” he said.
The other solicited gadgets he chalked up from businessmen’s friends are 15 brand new hand held two-way radios his police would be using in their patrol and operation.
Gonzales said he relied on asking donations because he could not use the P49 thousand a month Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) because it is only appropriated, as ordered by higher headquarter, on gasoline, office supplies, and others.
“I got two patrol cars like the Mahindra and Innova, four Motorized Anti-Street Crime Operatives (MASCO), and four mountain bikes,” when asked how many vehicles he has.
The police station of the almost 70- thousand populated town, according to the COP, have 50 personnel including him and two other officials.
Gonzales first orders when he replaced Revita was for his men to aggressively fight criminalities without let up by conducting mobile patrolling and coordination and monitoring in different barangays within his area of responsibility (AOR) to deter any criminal acts.
He initiated continuous road clearing and monitoring operations within his AOR, implemented information operation regarding the effects of drugs, peace and order situation here and the new traffic scheme being implemented at Brgy Poblacion, conducted school visitation and information drive on Anti-Bullying and distributed flyers containing safety prevention tips to pupils of elementary schools.
He also dialogued with Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Association (TODA) representatives regarding the parking rules, loading and unloading of passengers and at the same time gaining their cooperation when it comes to new traffic scheme.
Early this October, he and his men apprehended Joseph Vinluan, a bogus military officer, who was caught red handed with three unlicensed Cal.9mm pistols and a Cal. 45 handgun he kept at his Innova vehicle.
“He introduced himself to my men as a major but showed an expired army captain’s ID. He wore a bull ring and gave conflicting statements. That was when we became suspicious,” Gonzales told this paper.
He said he sued Vinluan with Republic Act 10591 or the comprehensive law on firearms and ammunition and usurpation of authority as provided in the Revised Penal Code.
Gonzales said Vinluan, who was from Urbiztondo, asked his men where this town’s Vice Mayor Lito Arenas lives.
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