By Nora Soriño
Iligan City Bureau Chief .
Iligan City — The city government did not take back the police cars but were just “inventoried,” this city’s spokesman said yesterday.
City Information Officer Jose Pantoja explained that they have to inventory the police cars to see that these all in order before giving them back to the police.
To recall, the city government had said that they were taking back all the patrol cars it had “donated” to the police force here to dramatize its indignation over the “sudden” replacement of the city police director.
City Police Director Senior Supt. Manuel Sukarno Alvarez has been replaced by Senior Insp. Rene Solidarios without the knowledge of the city officials. Earlier this week, Vice Mayor Jemar Vera Cruz confirmed to reporters here that they have decided to take back all the cars.
In a speech, Mayor Celso Regencia said should Alvarez would be deployed back to his position as city directo, the city government would return the patrol cars to the police “immediately.”
Earlier too, Pantoja said the cars were “not donated” and the funds used to procure the patrol cars was taken from the peace and order fund of the mayor.
When they pulled out the patrol cars, Regencia said they will not return these “if Alvarez will not be installed back” as police director here.
On Wednesday, Pantoja said Police Regional Director Timoteo Pacleb came over to this city and talked with Regencia.
After the meeting, the city government returned the cars for use of the police even as, of press time, Alvarez has yet to be re-installed as the city police director here.