Stressing that the controversy regarding his being declared a persona non grata by the Bacarra Sangguniang Bayan, P/Insp. Constante Medina said his return to the Laoag City Philippine National Police (PNP) as deputy chief of police is simply because of the reshuffle being implemented by the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office (INPPO).
Medina became the city’s PNP deputy chief effective September 16 but he only reported for duty on September 26 following his vacation right after he was relieved of his post as Bacarra’s chief of police.
Medina figured in a controversy during his stint as Bacarra police chief as a misunderstanding between him and Bacarra Vice Mayor Nicomedes dela Cruz resulted in the former being declared as persona non grata by the Sangguniang Bayan. However, the said resolution was not approved by Bacarra Mayor Philip C. Velasco.
According to Medina, the controversy started after the Bacarra PNP has been accused by Dela Cruz of not acting enough on the town’s traffic violators. But Bacarra PNP records showed a lot of traffic violation citations.
“Ngem ti ayan na a dakes ket dagitoy met matiliwan mi, mapan da met agipulong a dagus keno apo bise mayor ket dakamin ton iti ayan iti dakes wenno kamali (But the unfortunate matter here is that those apprehended by the police run to the vice mayor and it would result in the police being at fault),” Medina said.
Medina also figured in another controversy when he accused Dumalneg Mayor Wilma B. Dupagen of being an illegal logger protector when he was the town’s police chief.
Medina served as Bacarra police chief for 14 months.
Meanwhile, Laoag City Mayor Michael V. Fariñas welcomed Medina back to his native city, where he used to be designated at the City Traffic Division prior to his promotion.
Fariñas is hoping that Medina would be a great help in keeping the peace and order situation in the city as the mayor cited that the deputy police chief had been named as one of the Best Policeman during his stint in Laoag.
In a related development, P/Insp. Jeffrey Gorospe, former Sarrat PNP chief, was also transferred to Marcos, Ilocos Norte as a part of the INNPO’s reshuffling. Gorospe would serve as Marcos PNP chief.
Dominic B. dela Cruz