On July 29, 2017 at around 8:00 o’clock in the morning, LEODEGRECO “Greco” SANCHEZ, son of the former Vice Governor of Cebu, Gregorio Sanchez Jr was arrested, together with JOLBERT ABELLA JACABA, GLENN LAZAGA NACION, and MARICEL GREGORY, through the implementation of search warrant by the joint operatives of Provincial Intelligence Branch of CPPO led by PSUPT JOIE YAPE JR, Tuburan Police Station, Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit of CPPO, Regional Intelligence Unit, and RMU7, in his farm at Barangay San Juan, Tuburan, Province of Cebu.
Greco Sanchez has been in CPPOs list of High Value Targets and has been under surveillance by authorities.
Recovered pieces of evidences were several firearms and ammunition, firearm replicas and drug paraphernalia.
Cases for Violation of Republic Act no. 10591 (Comprehensive Law On Firearms And Ammunition) and Violation of Republic Act of 9165 (The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act Of 2002) will be filed against the suspect(s).
On July 21, 2017, barely days after the assumption as the new Regional Director of Police Regional Office 7, PCSUPT JOSE MARIO M ESPINO is seen inspecting the police units under his command. The regional director immediately called for the conduct of Civil Disturbance Management showdown of resources and demonstration of skills in anticipation of the rallies that will be staged by sectoral groups and protesters during the conduct of President Rodrigo R Duterte’s State Of The Nation Address.
Two Hundred Four (204) police personnel from the different city and provincial police offices composed the CDM platoons. The Bureau of Fire Protection 7 sent its resources in support to the PNP. The showdown and inspection aimed at gauging the readiness of the personnel deployed on CDM in handling demonstrations.
PCSUPT ESPINO expressed that the police officers deployed on CDM are directed to observe maximun tolerance in dealing with the protesters, and assures that the PNP will respect and uphold human rights.
The post for Police Regional Office 7 Regional Director was formally turned over to its new successor in a solemn turnover ceremony on July 17, 2017, 10:00 o’clock in the morning at the PRO7 Headquarters.
PCSUPT JOSE MARIO M ESPINO who was from the Civil Security Group -Supervisory Office for Security and Investigative Agencies (SOSIA) in Camp Crame Headquarters assumed the office replacing PCSUPT NOLI G TALIŃO, who moved to a 2-star position in Camp Crame as part of the PNP Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development.
PNP Chief of Directorial Staff Director General Archie Francisco F Gamboa presided the Turnover of Command. Awards and memento were given to the outgoing Regional Director of PRO 7 PCSUPT NOLI G TALIÑO for his leadership and contribution to the PNP in leading the regional office.
In his relinquishment message, PCSUPT TALIÑO expressed his gratitude to the personnel of Police Regional Office 7 who supported him in his one (1) year and two weeks stint as its former Regional Director, and further enumerated the various accomplishments of PRO7 under his tenure, citing the accomplishments in the campaign against Illegal Drugs where the regional office ranked 3rd, the successful hosting of ASEAN and Miss Universe in Cebu among others. He expressed that the humility and hospitality of the people in central visayas made it hard for him to leave and that his tenure in PRO7 has been one of the best assignments he ever had. PCSUPT TALIÑO likewise thanked the LGUs and the community as a whole for the unwavering support that they have extended to the PNP.
Moreover, PCSUPT JOSE MARIO M ESPINO, in his message, recognized the feat that PRO7 had attained and expressed to sustain its campaign against illegal drugs, even exceed it if possible. He mandated the personnel of PRO7 to take note of the ABCD of policing. ABCD stands for “Always Busy Catching Criminals, Drug Pushers and other lawless individuals. PCSUPT ESPINO made a firm pronouncement that there is no place for police scalawags in PRO7, and will not tolerate any transgression made by its personnel. They will be held accountable for their wrongdoings.
The turn over ceremony concluded with a parade in review with the outgoing Regional Director, PCSUPT NOLI G TALIÑO as the reviewing officer.