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Bangsamoro regional police has new director

Breaking News • 10:15 AM Tue May 28, 2019
John M. Unson
Brig. Gen. Graciano Mijares has been designated chief of the police’s Anti-Cybercrime Group based in Camp Crame.

COTABATO CITY  --- The new director of the Bangsamoro police assumed Tuesday, just after the region’s capital was placed under a decorated female officer, central Mindanao’s first ever.

Col. Portia Bañaga-Manalad, who graduated from the Philippine National Police Academy in 1995, is now overseeing the police’s peacekeeping and law-enforcement activities in all 37 barangays in Cotabato City.

She took over the city’s police directorship on Monday from Col. Michael Lebanan, also a graduate of the PNPA.

Cotabato City, originally under Administrative Region 12, became capital of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, or BARMM, following the ratification of its regional charter, Republic Act 11054, via a plebiscite last January 21.

Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi, known for her iron-fisted stance against law offenders, assured Manalad of her administration’s support in a message during a takeover rite Monday afternoon at the city police office here.

“This is women power,” Guiani-Sayadi told reporters then, referring to the partnership of the inter-agency city peace and order council under her and the new city police director, who is among the first bloc of women to graduate from the PNPA.

The director of the Anti-Cybercrime Group, or ACG, Brig. Gen Marni Marcos, got to the helm of the Police Regional Office-BARMM on Tuesday, replacing Brig. Gen. Graciano Mijares.

Mijares and Marcos both graduated from the Philippine Military Academy in 1988. The former BARMM police director will take over the post vacated by Marcos at the ACG.

Mijares played a key role in the amicable settlement of dozens of deadly clan wars by the regional peace and order council of the now defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao when the now congressman-elect of Basilan, Mujiv Hataman, was ARMM regional governor.

Mijares also supported extensively the domestic pacification programs of the ARMM government and the office of Basilan Gov. Jim Salliman that resulted in the surrender in recent months of more than 200 members of the outlawed Abu Sayyaf terror group.

Mijares urged on Tuesday the officers and rank-and-file personnel of PRO-BARMM to extend to Marcos the support they gave him while he was regional police director in the Bangsamoro region.

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