Senior Supt. Angeles Geñorga, Jr. was unceremoniously ordered to vacate his post as Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO) director effective on Tuesday.
The directive for Geñorga’s replacement ahead of the end of his supposed two-year stint as the province’s top cop was signed by Director Lyndon G. Cubos, chief of the Philippine National Police Directorate for Personnel and Records Management.
Senior Supt. Julius Cesar Gornez was ordered to replace Geñorga and serve as acting director of the BPPO.
Gornez was the police chief of Tagbilaran City during the term of former Mayor Dan Lim, who is now running for congressman under the group of resigned Cabinet Sec. Leoncio Evasco, Jr.
Meanwhile, Supt. Christopher Navida, through the same directive, was ordered to sit as the police chief of Tagbilaran City replacing Supt. Patricio Degay.
However, Degay was not mentioned in the directive.
Unconfirmed reports had earlier surfaced indicating that Geñorga’s transfer was set in motion due to politics.
Geñorga has been the police chief of Bohol since January, 2018. Most provincial police directors serve for at least two years.
The process in the replacement of Geñorga was reportedly a breach of protocol as Governor Edgar Chatto was not informed of the pending replacement.
The governor was also supposedly to choose among three candidates given by the Philippine National Police command to replace the outgoing director.
There had been no reported complaints filed against Geñorga during his one-year stint as Bohol police chief that could have triggered the replacement.
He had even received commendation from the public and local officials for his relentless efforts to maintain peace and order in the province, including the war against drugs.