By US News Agency / Asian
Newly-installed Caraga Police Regional Director Reynaldo S. Rafal has said he is determined to implement Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Raul Bacalzo’s directive on “one-strike policy” in the campaign against illegal gambling in all 70 city and municipal police chiefs and more than 3,000 police personnel in the Caraga region.
In a press conference right after his installation as new Caraga PNP regional head replacing Chief Supt. Lino De Guzman Calingasan, who retired on his 56th birthday last Sept. 23, Rafal told newsmen and some police officers present that he will follow “Punishment and Rewards Policy” as rule-of-thumb in the drive against illegal gambling in the area.
“Reward those who strictly adhere to new policies, while punish those who are violating it,” Rafal said.
The turnover rites were attended by top local government officials such Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel, Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr., and other elective officials in the region, regional directors from different national government agencies, and top military officials headed by Southwestern Mindanao Command Army Chief Nicanor Ferrer and Brig. Gen. Victor Felix, chief of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division.
Religious and private sector leaders were also present, among them Diocese of Butuan Bishop Juan De Dios Pueblos, who is chairperson of the Caraga Conference for Peace and Development.
When asked what new strategies he will implement against alleged untouchable, politically influential “big fish” or big time financiers of illegal gambling, Rafal replied he would intensify “intelligence network and get hard evidence” against the so-called big fish.
“We need religious, academe and moral groups support to sustain the campaign against illegal gambling and this also means support from everybody, you in the media and our people,” he added.
Rafal said that for provincial police directors, the “three-strike policy” as per instructions from the PNP chief must be applied to all five provincial police chiefs in the region.
Rafal also said that he will be awaiting briefings from different police provincial directors and town police chiefs in the region about how rampant is the illegal gambling problem in the area.
Asked on whether he will just rely on the report made by police officers in the field or he will check it personally and form a monitoring body to assess or monitor how rampant is the illegal numbers game “Suertres” in the region, Rafal replied he will have to study it.