‘Seasoned’ Ilonggo colonel takes over ICPO’s reins

PHOTO CAPTION: P/Col. Leo Batiles (inset) takes over the reins of the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO), replacing the soon-to-retire P/Col. Uldarico Garbanzos in a formal turnover of command ceremony 2 pm today./iNews (Photos courtesy of RPSMU-6 and Iloilo City Government Facebook pages)

ILOILO CITY–An Ilonggo police colonel who does well in both field and administrative assignments takes over the command of the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) in a simple turnover of command ceremony at 2 pm today, November 8.

P/Col. Leo Batiles, who last held the position of Regional Headquarters Support Unit (RHSU) head for the Police Regional Office (PRO)-6, will replace the soon-to-retire P/Col. Uldarico Garbanzos.

According to P/Col. Arnel Solis, spokesperson of the regional police command, the order to assign Batiles as ICPO chief took effect yesterday though the turn-over of command ceremony is scheduled today.

Solis said Batiles is described by his superiors and those who worked with him as a well-rounded police officer judging from his performances both in the field or as an administrator.

Batiles graduated from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in 1994 and was assigned to the Special Action Force (SAF) unit before his transfer to the Regional Mobile Group (RMG).

In 2001 to 2002, he became the chief of police of the Nabas and Altavas Municipal Police Stations before being elevated as chief of the Roxas City Police Station and, later, the Provincial Mobile Group (PMG) of Capiz.

After a couple of years in his home province of Capiz, he was reassigned to the province of Negros Occidental, becoming chief of police of Escalante City and Sipalay City afterward.

He also once served as force commander of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB)-6 and the assistant commander of the Regional Operations and Plans Division (ROPD) in PRO-18.

It was in March 2020 when Batiles took over as head of the RHSU in Camp Delgado.

Solis is confident that Batiles will handle the city police command capably as “he knows Iloilo City and its people quite well, being an Ilonggo.”

“Our new ICPO director is a seasoned police official who has extensive experience both in administrative works and operations, and we are confident he would do well here as in his previous assignments,” the PRO-6 spokesperson further stated.

Garbanzos, meanwhile, considers his 11-month tenure as ICPO chief one of his greatest accomplishments.

“I did my best to maintain Iloilo City’s standing as a peaceful place. I’m thankful to the local government unit, most especially to our city mayor Jerry Treñas, and the Ilonggo public for trusting me,” he said.

Under the leadership of Garbanzos, the ICPO was adjudged as the best city police office in the region and in the whole country during the 119th anniversary of the police service in the Philippines. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNews)

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