Gov. Espino bares permanent appointment of Pangasinan police director

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — Gov. Amado Espino III announced Wednesday that Senior Supt. Ronald Oliver Lee is now a permanent police director of Pangasinan.

He said Lee received his designation as permanent director last week following three resolutions of the provincial board headed by Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim seeking a change of his status addressed to Camp Crame.

Espino said the provincial board took note of Lee’s excellent performance since he became officer-in-charge of the Pangasinan police office and later acting provincial director.

The board was aware that Lee had been instrumental for the success of the war on drugs in Pangasinan where more than 80 percent of the affected villages were already cleared.

Prior to Lee’s appointment, Pangasinan, one of the most populous provinces in the country, has not had a permanent police director for 10 years, Espino said.

For eight years, Pangasinan had been asking for a permanent police director but all these calls were turned down, he said.

The governor added that he and the other provincial officials are working perfectly well with Lee and therefore he deserves his appointment as permanent police director. Leonardo Micua/