By ayan c. mellejor
Police from the Davao Region are not keen of accepting the offer of Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa to work as Caloocan City Police, Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 Regional Director Manuel Gaerlan said.
Speaking to reporters at the sidelines of the Philippine Councilor’s League (PCL) 3rd quarter national executive meeting at SMX Convention Center in Davao Tuesday, Gaerlan said no one has volunteered or maybe they are just ashamed to raise their hands.
During the 116th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Regional Office in Camp Catitipan on Monday afternoon, Dela Rosa asked for volunteers from Davao City and provincial police to be assigned in Caloocan.
He repeated this again during the PCL event saying he wants Davao cops to replace the 1,000 Caloocan police who will undergo re-orientation and re-training following the series of killings the past weeks.
Dela Rosa cited the kind of discipline of the Davao police officers and their dedication to work.
He however said he has yet to seek the permission of Mayor Sara Duterte if there are Davao City police who will be assigned to Caloocan.
“Mananghid sa ta (I have to seek permission),” Dela Rosa said.
Gaerlan said he has yet to talk to the police officers here. He, however, clarified that not all of the 1,000 cops will come from Davao.
“This will be a big displacement for Davao if all will come from Davao,” he told reporters.
If there are no volunteers, Gaerlan said he has instructions from Dela Rosa to pick the police officers.
Gaerlan even quoted Dr. Dolittle (a fantasy comedy movie) that “nothing can break the heart of a volunteer”.
Gaerlan is eyeing commissioned and non-commissioned officers.
“I have to talk to the police officers,” he said adding that Dela Rosa desires to get Davao cops because they can be trusted.
Gaerlan said he is also looking at the Regional Public Safety Battalion.
“It is just a matter of explaining to them that it is just a short period of time…maybe three to six months,” he stressed.
Gaerlan said that Davao cops who will be assigned to Caloocan can be replaced by those from other units. He added there is also a continuing recruitment in the PNP.
Gaerlan will also be glad to welcome Caloocan cops if they will be transferred here.
But Dela Rosa is not interested to transfer Caloocan cops to Davao although he pointed out that majority of them are still good officers.
The PNP chief said if there are no volunteers, he will be forced to choose police from Davao for Caloocan.