Cop in hostage drama tapped acting MPD chief

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NCRPO Chief Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina . FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region Police Office appointed a senior police officer as Manila Police District’s officer-in-charge following the retirement of its district director last week.

NCRPO director Leonardo Espina named Senior Superintendent Robert Po to replace Chief Superintendent Alex Gutierrez, who retired last April 5 as he reached the retirement age of 56.

Before his appointment as MPD officer-in-charge, Po served as the command’s deputy district director for administration.

Po also took part in the efforts to secure the release of tourists held hostage in a bus by dismissed Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza in 2010.

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  • buttones

    “Po also took part in the efforts to secure the release of tourists held hostage in a bus by dismissed Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza in 2010.” And I might add failed in that event, I am always amazed that failure can bring such wonderful rewards- I wish I had been a failure, I might have been more successful…..

    • Horst Manure

      The top PNP also went to a nearby restaurant for dinner in the middle of the crisis and allowed the whole event to be shown on TV so the whole thing could be a bigger disaster .
      The officer concerned wanted his old job back so a letter was sent to confirm he had it back and to release the hostages but the letter never got there.

      I know if ever I am unfortunate enough to be in a situation were I need the PNP help
      I won’t be waiting for them to shoot first and ask questions later.

      • buttones

        OMG! This was SO embarrassing, guys trying to bash in the windows of the bus with hammers hoping Mendoza wouldn’t notice, and beamed all over the world as well! My interest is a bit more personal, I’m thinking of joining the PNP ‘cos they seem to have a really brilliant dental plan….

  • kilabot

    another pma’er,
    another non-performer.

  • padrefaura

    Cops who failed big time still gets promotion. Onli in da pilipins

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