Two city police chiefs axed in Isabela

CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela — Two city police chiefs have been ordered booted out from their posts as a part of the nationwide shakeup of police officials to intensify war on drugs and other crimes.

Axed from their posts on Tuesday were Police Supt. Manuel Bringas of Ilagan City and Police Supt. Engelbert Soriano of Cauayan City, a memorandum order, coursed through the regional and provincial police offices, from the office of PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa revealed.

Bringas, who just celebrated his birthday on Aug. 19 and had served the Ilagan police in barely ten months, was replaced by Police Supt. Segundo Lagundi Jr. in Ilagan City while Soriano, barely less than a year in his post, was swapped by Police Supt. Ariel Quilang.

Public records showed that Lagundi was a former commander of the PNP Batasan police station 6 who had been at odds with Quezon City councilor Ranulfo Ludovica, who earlier accused him as drug protector in the city. Lagundi denied the charges. Lagundi was also a former Task Force Commonwealth chief.

Quilang was a former police chief in Tarlac City before his reassignment at the National Capital Region. Villamor Visaya Jr/PNA/