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Leonardia welcomes new top cop

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, PRO6 director P/Brig. Gen.  Rolando Miranda and newly installed Bacolod City Police Office officer-in-charge P/Col. Thomas Joseph Martir (l-r) at the turnover of command Friday in Bacolod City.* Bacolod PIO photo

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia is looking forward to forge close working relationship with Police Colonel Thomas Joseph Martir, newly-designated acting director of the Bacolod City Police Office, in the government’s fight against COVID-19.

During the turnover of command Friday, Leonardia said that he expects Martir, a Bacolodnon, to “perform well” and to help the city government in its campaign versus the pandemic.

“As what Police Brigadier General (Rolando) Miranda said, the police should be the muscle in the fight against COVID-19,” the mayor added.

Police Brigadier General Rolando Miranda, director of Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6), presided the turnover ceremony.

Martir was last assigned at Camp Crame’s Police Security and Protection Group before his appointment as the new BCPO head.

Martir succeeded Police Colonel Manuel Placido, who is now assigned at Camp Crame’s EOD-K9 Unit.

“My focus here in Bacolod is to increase police visibility, as well as campaign against illegal drugs and other forms of criminality. We also have to prepare for the upcoming elections and to focus on the fight against COVID-19,” Martir said.

Miranda believes that Martir will deliver “better service” to Bacolod because “he grew up here, he is familiar with the place, he speaks the dialect, and he has love for the BCPO.”*

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