Tuesday, 24 July 2012 12:24
Police Senior Supirentendent Jonathan Perez yesterday afternoon took over as Provincial Police Director of Zamboanga Sibugay replacing Senior Supirentendent Ruben Cariaga who will retire two months from now.
A true-blooded Zamboangueño, Perez graduated from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and served the various police stations in the City of Zamboanga and PRO 9 as one of the top police officers.
He was one of the five nominees for city director of the Zamboanga City Police Office but Mayor Celso Lobregat did not choose him.
Police Regional Office 9 commander Chief Supt. Atty. Napoleon Estilles led in the turnover of the Flag of Command from Cariaga to Perez in a formal ceremony at the police provincial office in Ipil town.
The ceremony was witnessed by Zamboangueños for the Transformation of Zamboanga (ZTZ) candidate-aspirants Mercy Arquiza Fernandez, former vice mayor Mannix Dalipe, Crisanto “Monsi” Dela Cruz and Nung Ajihil.
Reacting to his new assignment, Perez vowed to uphold the rule of law and the delivery of better and efficient police services to the people of the province.
Perez said his first task is to strengthen the anti-criminality action plan that will help solve peace and order in the area.
He also thanked Gov. Rommel Jalosjos for the trust and confidence in his capability to bring stability in all the barangays concerned.
Meanwhile, Estilles, in his message, called on all police officers and men to rally behind Perez in pursuing what he has committed “because he cannot do it alone without your cooperation.”
“I accepted Perez nomination with all my heart. I hope he will be able to hurdle the tough challenges that lies ahead especially in protecting the people from terrorists and helping the civic government achieve a peaceful coexistence between the police and residents of the place,” Estilles emphasized.
For her part, Fernandez lauded Perez saying that he is a good police officer the reason why he was chosen by the provincial government under Gov. Jalosjos.
“He is a responsible police officer and is very acceptable to the provincial government. In fact I was one of those who vouched for Perez’ nomination to head the provincial office,” Fernandez said.
By Nonong Santiago
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