By Glen S. Ramos/Benjamin F. Cuaresma
PUERTO Princesa City, Palawan – Philippine National Police (PNP) Palawan Provincial Director PSSupt. Dionisio B. Bartolome, Jr. was fired yesterday from his post based on the General Order No. 236 issued by the MIMAROPA (Oriental/Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) Regional PNP Headquarters on November 21, 2020.
Bartolome was relieved due to his incompetence in solving the consecutive murders and shooting incidents in the province that mostly occurred in the southern towns of Palawan.
The latest incident of homicide happened last Friday, November 20, 2020, in the town of Rizal, where a Municipal Planning & Development Officer was killed.
On November 17, a lawyer, Eric Jay Magcamit, a resident of Narra town, was also gunned down while he was on his way to attend a hearing.
And a barangay captain was also shot together with his companion on November 11, 2020 also in the town of Narra.
According to the regional PNP Headquarters, Bartolome was terminated to “lessen fear” among the residents of the province.
The order also directed PSSupt. Bartolome to vacate his position as the commander of the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Magcamit.
Bartolome will be replaced by Police Colonel (PCol) Nicolas D. Torre III who will undertake the resolution of the shooting cases.
PCol. Torre was the MIMAROPA Regional Director for Operations before his appointment as the OIC-Provincial Director of Palawan PPO. (AI/MTVN)