The recommendation of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. for the permanent designation of Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan as the provincial police director of Negros Occidental, has been endorsed to Camp Crame for approval, Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan, chief of directorial staff of the Police Regional Office 6, said yesterday.
Guisihan said the PNP Senior Officers Placement and Promotion Board will deliberate on the recommendation of Gov. Maranon, that was forwarded to it by the PRO 6.
Marañon had said earlier that Cruz agreed to his recommendation for the permanent designation of Lirazan as NOPPO provincial police director as soon as possible.
Cruz said Lirazan did his job well in improving peace and order in Negros Occidental, citing a 20 percent reduction of the crime volume in the province from January to August this year, compared to the same period of last year.
Marañon had earlier challenged Lirazan to prove his worth and go after illegal drugs and gambling operations, especially in northern Negros.
Eighty-seven persons engaged in illegal gambling and more than 15 suspected drug peddlers were arrested by the police, in almost two months since Lirazan took over as NOPPO officer-in-charge.
With the recommendation of Maranon, the SOPPB is expected to endorse it, a Camp Crame source said.
Lirazan replaced Guisihan in Negros Occidental on July 11.
Guisihan and his predecessor, Senior Supt. Manuel Felix, deputy regional director for Administration of PRO6, are up for promotion to chief superintendent, that is equivalent to the rank of brigadier general in the Armed Forces of the Philippines. * GPB