PNP Chief of Police Director General Oscar “Odie” David Albayalde presided the Turnover of Command Ceremony and Retirement Honors for PCSUPT Antonio N Gardiola Jr., on July 7, 2018 at the Parade Ground of Camp BGen Simeon A Ola, Legaspi City. It was attended by his mistah--the members of PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986, among them is the former PNP Chief and the present Director of the Bureau of Correction, Police Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa.
During the turn-over rites, PSCUPT GARDIOLA stated his last three parting words. First, he thanked all the men and women of the Kasurog Cops for the relentless support in his thrust programs on Drugs, Terrorism, Insurgency and other forms of criminality. Second, he also urged them to do the same with the newly installed Regional Director. And lastly, for the officers to behold their subordinates and the subordinates to behold their officers to attain a good PNP organization.
On the other hand, PCSUPT ATTY. ARNEL BONDILLES ESCOBAL, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Hinirang” Class of 1987, a lawyer, a native of NabuaCamarines Sur and a former road and traffic director of the Philippine National Police takes over as the new Regional Director of the PNP Bicol.
PCSUPT ATTY. ESCOBAL is the eighth straight Bicolano Regional Director replacing PCSUPT ANTONIO NILAYAN GARDIOLA Jr., as he formally retires on July 6, 2018 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56. It was not the first time that PCSUPT ATTY. ESCOBAL took over PCSUPT GARDIOLA’s post. Under the leadership of the former PNP Chief RONALD DELA ROSA he replaced PCSUPT GARDIOLA as the former director of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) in July 2017.
PCSUPT ESCOBALin support to PNP Chief ALBAYALDE scale up thrusts of the PNP on imposing strict discipline, reform and internal cleansing; intensifying campaign against criminality and illegal drugs; practical program for crime prevention and suppression; and strengthening public engagement, in his message said that “I promise to carry out my duties and responsibilities without fear, favor, bias, or discrimination to police officers failing under my charge and members of the public whom we are serving.”
In order to put his promise into action he called upon the members of Kasurog cops to deliver and render the same cooperation and support they have given to his predecessor.
Being a personal choice of PNP Chief Albayalde, he was challenge to continue the gains of PCSUPT GARDIOLA against drugs, criminality, terrorism and as well as the intensified reform to clear the PNP ranks.