RD Sinas flanked by outgoing Cebu City Police Director Royina Garma and Siquijor Provincial Police Director Angela Rejano

CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES- Not yet chosen but the mere mention of their names would surely send shivers to the spine of any Cebuano. Col. Marvin Marcos and Col. Lito Patay, both carry controversies in their names and they are two of the three contenders that would replace outgoing Cebu City Police Director Royina Garma.

Col. Angela Rejano, a classmate of Garma in the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) 1997 class like Patay is the third contender but the current Provincial Police Director of Siquijor, unlike the two, is not controversial.

To recall, Marcos, the present chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Eastern Visayas (CIDG ) was the leader of the police operatives who were responsible in the killing of then Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa in November 2016 inside his jail cell in the Baybay City Jail.

Marcos and his men were eventually charged after a headline grabbing senate investigation of the incident but up to now the homicide case (downgraded from murder) is yet to be resolve.

The CIDG officer who belonged to PNPA class of 1996 was assigned for a while in CIDG 12 in General Santos City but he is already back in Tacloban City where the CIDG 8 is based. Marcos reasoned that they were just serving a warrant of arrest against Espinosa in the jail but the Mayor shot at them forcing his men to retaliate.

Pres. Duterte who has been elated that Espinosa was killed promised “absolute pardon” for Marcos and his men should they be found guilty in court. As for Patay, he led the group of the so-called “Davao Boys” that manned the feared Police Station 6 (Batasan police precinct) in Quezon City (QC) that were responsible for the killing of more than 100 persons from July 2016 to June 2017.

Patay claimed his men just acted in self-defense in their anti-drug operations. From CIDG in Central Luzon where he was transferred in September 2017, Patay since then headed CIDG 7 in August 2018. The Siquijor born Patay opted to be low key in his Cebu assignment but his being low profile would not erase his daring accomplishments while assigned in QC.

Police Regional Director Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas for his part, expressed preference for another woman to replace Garma and hope that incoming Mayor Edgardo Labella would agree to their choice, with the final approval from Camp Crame. “We are hoping, that’s why we are selecting already nga kung kinsa ang mupuli sa iyaha.

Kung ako ang inyong pangutan-on, mas gusto nako babae gihapon,” adding, ” of course its important that it should be accepted by the mayor but there are times that the PNP exercises its right which is deemed necessary. Of course, we have discuss with the incoming and I think he (Labella) is okay with our recommendation.”

So, who do you think would be the next Cebu City Chief of Police once Garma assumes as the next General Manager of the Philippine Charity Sweeptakes Office (PCSO)?

That is worth watching as leading the police in a premier city like Cebu is something that police officers do look up to. / AAJ