NIR PNP Chief Urges Gov’t Allies to Join Fight Vs. Illegal Drugs, Crimes

Chief Superintendent Renato Gumban, Police Regional Office 18 (Negros Island Region) regional director, yesterday urged groups and organizations allied with the government to help sustain the fight against illegal drugs and criminalities.

COURTESY CALL. Negros Island Region (PRO18) regional director Chief Supt. Renato Gumban, left, during yesterday’s courtesy call by Office of the Solicitor General’s Task Force Crusaders national deputy commander & nat’l secretariat John Chiong at the former’s office.* (Arman Toga photo)

Gumban said drug lords, traders and pushers and criminals are the priority targets of the government.

He said this is the time all volunteers and allied forces of the government must take part in getting rid of the drug menace and drastically minimize if not eliminate crimes.

“If those into illegal drugs and crimes refuse to give up, they will be in greater danger because they are destroying our youth and people, and they are threats to peace and development,” Gumban said.

Task Force Crusaders Against Illegal Drugs, Crimes and Corruption (TFC) national deputy commander and national secretariat John Chiong called on Gumban yesterday at his office in Bacolod City.

Chiong is the founder and president of now self-sustaining KASANAG, Inc. that, for more than seven years, in part served as the military’s partner on peace and development activities not only in Negros.

TFC is a nationwide organization attached to the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), and is under OSG Consultant, retired Police Gen. Romeo Maganto.

Maganto is the national commander of TFC, who launched the task force in Bacolod last month along with TFC commanders from different regions in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Gumban believes that the creation of TFC will further enhance the capability of the government to capture those behind illegal drugs and crimes, and can help in convincing those involved to surrender and reform.

COORDINATION. Chiong, on his part assured Gumban of the group’s close coordination with the police, saying TFC regional and provincial commanders from Negros and from various regions in the country are now actively participating in the campaign as mandated by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The TFC regional commander for NIR is retired SPO2 Rex Noble.

BAD COPS. During the courtesy call, Chief Supt. Gumban said he is replacing some police officers in Negros, with a few of them to be transferred to other regions.

Gumban said he will not condone any wrongdoing of his men in uniform. If there are complaints against them, he said he will act on them, saying the bad eggs must go, as what PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa stated in his directives to them.*