By LITO RULONA
with NITZ ARANCON
A POLICE official from Manticao, Misamis Oriental who heads Camp Alagar’s investigation and detective management division would become Cagayan de Oro’s next police chief.
A Camp Alagar source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak on behalf of the police regional office, said there is already a special order for newly promoted Col. Henry Dampal to assume as city police director.
The order comes from Camp Alagar’s personnel and records management division or “R1,” he said.
Camp Alagar however has yet to make an official announcement.
Councilor Romeo Calizo has confirmed that Dampal was picked by Mayor Oscar Moreno from a list of nominees for city police chief, a position left vacant as a result of the death of Col. Nelson Aganon who died in a motorcycle accident while undergoing training last month.
Outgoing police spokespersons Lt. Col. Surki Sereñas and Lt. Col. Mardy Hortillosa neither confirmed nor denied that Dampal is Moreno’s choice. Neither did they say that there was already an order for Dampal to assume as city police chief.
Mayor Moreno revealed over the weekend that he has already taken a pick and that the name of his choice was already submitted by him to Camp Alagar. The mayor however declined to name his choice.
Councilor Calizo, chairman of the city council’s police and public safety committee, said Dampal is the logical pick, and his personal choice for the position.
He said Dampal is the “top choice” because he hails from Misamis Oriental and the others in the list of nominees are from Luzon.
“I already observed him during some working sessions with other law enforcement agencies. He is a good choice,” Calizo said.
Aside from Camp Alagar, Dampal has served in the police offices in Opol and Manticao towns in Misamis Oriental, Iligan City, and Malaybalay City in Bukidnon.
The official is a member of Class ’97 of the Philippine National Police Academy. He is a Pilgrim Christian College high school graduate, and he pursued his studies at Cagayan de Oro College before going to PNPA.
Lt. Col. Hortillosa, outgoing spokesman of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office, said talk has been going the rounds about the likelihood that Dampal would be the city’s next police director.
“Basta ang nadunggan nako nga ang bag-o og top choice sa position is kadtong bag-o nga na full-fledged colonel. Ang bag-o nga na full-fledged colonel in the list is Dampal,” Hortillosa said.
Outgoing Camp Alagar spokesman Lt. Col. Sereñas confirmed that Dampal has emerged as top choice of the police regional office.
“Iyang ngalan ang pinakatunog but this will only be confirmed once an order is released,” said Sereñas who, incidentally, would serve as Valencia City’s police director.
Dampal, according to Sereñas, has just returned from a police training in Germany.
“Nadunggan ta gayud nga iyang ngalan maoy highest choice,” said Sereñas who quickly added that a confirmation has yet to be made.