By NITZ ARANCON
MAYOR Oscar Moreno has picked his choice from a list of police officials who could fill the vacuum caused by the death of city police director Col. Nelson Aganon.
Moreno said over the weekend that he already sent a letter to Camp Alagar in order to inform police regional director Brig. Gen. Rafael Santiago about his pick.
Moreno however declined to identify his choice so as not to preempt the appointment of the new city police director.
“Ako lang ang magpili pero ang Camp Crame maoy mohatag sa formal appointment sa sunod nga chief of police sa Cagayan de Oro,” Moreno explained.
Even though mayors have the privilege of choosing the local police chiefs, Moreno said, he would still want Santiago to officially name and install the city’s next police director.
The still unnamed police official is Moreno’s second pick from a list of names of four police officials that Camp Alagar submitted to him.
His first choice was the then Bukidnon police director Col. Benedicto Pintor. However, Pintor was ordered to report to Camp Crame to serve in its intelligence unit.
The Cagayan de Oro City Police Office is currently being run by an officer-in-charge, Lt. Col. Reynante Reyes, since Aganon’s accident.
Aganon died 13 days after he was rushed to a hospital when he figured in a motorcycle accident during a training at Camp Evangelista on May 22. He had served as city police director for nearly two years.