The new provincial director of the Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO) said he would be a “more liberal and result oriented” type of police director.
“Of course, I will lead by example and I will always be fair,” said Police Col. Jonathan Cabal who became the new police chief.
He assumed office after a change of command ceremony held at headquarters of BPPO inside Camp Francisco Dagohoy Headquarters on Thursday morning, August 1.
He replaced provincial police director Senior Supt. Julius Cesar Gornez , who served the province for six months and 21 days.
Cabal, who was the head of the logistics division of Police Regional Office (PRO-7) before his assumption, also formely headed the intelligence division of the PRO -7. He became instrumental in preventing the members of Abu Sayyaf from executing their plan in Bohol in 2017.
Gornez, before his assignment to Bohol, was chief of investigation at the PRO 7’s Investigation and Detective Management Division (IDMD). He was also a former Tagbilaran City police chief.
Cabal’s installation was presided over by )Brigadier General Debold Sinas, PRO-7 director.
Cabal said he would continue the war against illegal drugs, fight against criminality and corruption.
“If you can recall even I was the regional intelligence chief, I have several successes in anti-illegal drugs. You can bet on it that there will be anti-illegal drugs operations,” he said.
“He is more capable and knows the area,” said Sinas.
Bohol Gov. Art Yap and Tagbilaran Mayor Baba Yap attended the turnover of command.
“Give me a man of performance and a man of integrity,” Gov Yap recalled when he was asked what kind of police provincial director he was looking for.
“You can’t secure Bohol unless you understand Bohol,” said Gov. Yap.
“You must understand the psyche, you must understand the role of Bohol, this is the kind of police officer we are looking for. A man of action, a man of integrity, a man who understands the role of Bohol in history,” he added.
Yap, who said the province has survived the Abu Sayyaf and natural calamities, has 1.3 million people with 1.5 milion tourists.