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Public wants Kalinga police chief sacked

Tabuk City, Kalinga (10 October) -- Various sectors here called for the immediate relief of Police Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Maximino Magaldan Valiente for inefficiency and utter lack of concern on the unstable peace and order situation in the province.

The League of Municipalities of the Philippines, Kalinga Chapter passed a resolution expressing loss of confidence and called for the immediate relief of Valiente. The group said that "since his stint as the Provincial Director of Kalinga, crime incidents have been uncontrollable."

The Mayors are requesting Cordillera Police Regional Director Eugene Martin for Valiente's "immediate relief" for incompetence. "The rising tide of violence in Tabuk City is a manifestation of Police Provincial Leadership inaptitude wherein series of killings and murders are perpetrated on broad day light in public places," the resolution stated.

The mayors further lamented that the killing and murder of innocent victims that remained unresolved had sowed fear, tension and apprehension among residents and caused effects on their socio-economic activities.

The youth and women sector also passed similar petitions for Valiente's relief.

The Kalinga-Apayao Religious Sector Association (KARSA) also similar call."It is our urgent request… that a replacement in the PNP Directorship in Kalinga Province be effected as soon as possible in the interest of addressing peace and order issues in the province," the KARSA letter to Martin stated.

KARSA said the general public clamors for an end of violence and are asking for resolutions of such crime committed. "We see no hope of improvement of the situation as long as the police force is held ineffective and bad leadership," the letter stated.

First to seek the relief of Valiente are his own Municipal Police Station Commanders, two Provincial Mobile Group Officers, the KPPO Operations Officer, Police Community Relations Officer, KPPO Administrative Officer and a high ranking Intelligence Officer.

They complained that Valiente does not possess effective supervision and management. "Senior Supt. Valiente does not seem concerned about peace and order situation in the province. He holes up in his quarters and does not even ask his subordinates about what is happening," the complaint states.

Other grounds aired by the COPs are: "That the MOOE for the gas allocation of all lower units were not given exactly; that the additional MOOE for stations were not given without any reason; and that some incentives (hazard pay, RCA, etc.) of the local police are given late without justifications.

Under the circumstances, the police officers said they cannot work well with the kind of leadership the provincial director is showing, and that they do not need a provincial director who does not look into the welfare of the men under his supervision. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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