PNP Chief’s “Mistah” is PRO-8’s new director

Tacloban City, Leyte – The Philippine National Police Regional Office 8 will have a new regional director as part of PNP’s reorganization under Duterte administration through PNP Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa.

The newly installed PRO8 Regional Director, PCSupt. Elmer Beltejar stressed, on his first media interview, that this is the right time that drug menace in the Region and the entire country must be eradicated. Earlier today, police officials were all subjected to a voluntary submission of drug testing as part of their campaign against illegal drug use within the police organization. (Rowel C. Montes)
In lieu of Chief Superintendent Jose Villacorte, Chief Superintendent Elmer Cruz Beltejar will not take the regional leadership of the PNP after a change-of-command ceremony was conducted at Camp Ruperto Kangleon in Palo town. Beltezer is a classmate of dela Rosa at the Philippine Military Academy. 

In his first command conference with PRO-8 officials, Beltejar reminded the cops of President Rudrigo Duterte’s strong stand in eradicating illegal drugs operations in the whole country to include the Eastern Visayas region. 

Beltejar also repeated dela Rosa’s aim on purging the organization from officers involved in illegal drugs. Meanwhile, the PNP reported that 482 individuals have already surrendered relative to its Project Double Barrel or Project TOKHANG. 

PRO-8 placed the people who are in their drug watch list at 3,080 regionwide. One policeman Guiuan, Police Officer 1 Erwin Felicen surrendered to Guiuan PNP at the start of the TOKHANG. 

The police director also called on the public to cooperate with the government as it combats illegal drugs. 

He also called on individuals involved in drug trafficking to appear before the authorities or else they will be hunted down.
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