Chief Supt. Cepriano Querol, who is expected to be promoted this month, hosted a dinner in Iloilo City last night and thanked all those who supported him during his two-year stint as the Police Regional Office-6 Director.
Querol told the DAILY STAR that he has not received any relief order yet but that his transfer to Camp Crame may take place before the end of this month.
He attributed the successful campaign of the Western Visayas police against illegal gambling and illegal drugs, and the accounting of wanted personnel, to the help of the local government units especially the provincial governors of Region 6, other local government officials and the community.
Querol said he considered the drive to eradicate illegal gambling and the numerous killings in Escalante, Negros Occidental among the tough challenges he had to hurdle during his term as PRO-6 Director.
Under his term, PRO-6 was among the contenders for best Police Regional Office at the national level and the Regional Public Safety Management Battalion and Bacolod City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, were finalists in the national level as best RPSMB and senior commissioned officer.
Querol reminded policemen in Western Visayas that the change in leadership does not mean change in policies, hence, they should continue their enthusiasm in keeping the peace and order in the region.
The likely replacements for Querol as PRO-6 director are Chief Superintendents Agrimero Cruz, Gil Hitosis and Catalino Rodriguez, who had served at the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office in the early 1990s.*APN