PRO 7 chief leads men in tendering courtesy resignation

TWO police brigadier generals and 28 full-fledged police colonels of the Police Regional Office-Central Visayas (PRO 7) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) National Support Unit tendered their courtesy resignation on Friday, January 6, 2023.

The move came following the call of Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. for all full-fledged police colonels and generals in the country to submit a courtesy resignation as part of the government’s fight against illegal drugs.

PRO 7 Chief Brigadier General Jerry Bearis led his men in signing the courtesy resignation letter.

Among those who resigned were the deputy regional director for administration, deputy regional director for operation and the regional chief and directorial staff.

The resignation letter addressed to the Office of the President in Malacañang still awaits approval from Abalos.

Bearis said the simultaneous signing of the document shows that they are united in supporting the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the PNP.

Bearis said that they are the first police regional office in the entire country to announce their full support to the directive of Abalos to have all police colonels and generals in the PNP organization resign.

He, however, assured the public that police operations in Central Visayas will not be affected since all PNP offices in every city and municipality are business as usual.

He also assured that security implementation for Fiesta Señor activities in Cebu City will go on as usual.

“As per guidance of the SILG (Secretary of the Interior and Local Government), we will be continuing our work to perform our present job, our present task,” Bearis said.

Bearis added that there is a Committee of 5 that will check the integrity of all police colonels and generals to make sure that all members of the police are not involved in any kind of illegal activities.

According to him, the morale of the police would not be affected by this new move.

“Actually, the morale of officers and men of Police Regional Office 7 are very high, because this is a good news that our top leadership has this endeavor to cleanse the rank of all the members of the PNP,” Bearis said.

For the meantime, Bearis said they will continue working while waiting for the evaluation to be done by the DILG secretary.

Bearis said they are not threatened by Abalos’ call since all his police colonel subordinates are doing well in their jobs.

“We are clean, so wala tayong dapat katakotan. We have peace of mind that we are performing our job well. Walang halong ano pa man,” Bearis said.

(We are clean, so we have nothing to fear. We have peace of mind that we are performing our job well.)

For his part, newly promoted police Colonel Ronan Claravall, chief of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 7, is not worried about resigning, saying this is the time for them to clear their names.

“We will submit ourselves for investigation or whatsoever, at kung mapapatunayan na may involvement po kami, e so be it, pero kami sir dito sa PRO 7 malinis naman po kami,” Claravall said.

(We will submit ourselves for investigation or whatever, and if it can be proven that we have involvement, then so be it, but we here at PRO 7 are clean.) (AYB, TPT)