The newly installed Philippine National Police (PNP) provincial director of Negros Oriental, Sr. Supt. Edward Carranza, on Wednesday vowed to do his best to serve the province even as he admitted that he may not be able to be at par with his predecessor, Sr. Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas.
“I thought it was easy assuming as provincial director of the Philippine National Police in Negros Oriental, and with the message of outgoing provincial director Rey Lyndon Lawas, there are more challenges ahead of me,” Carranza said following the turnover of command ceremonies at the PNP provincial office at Camp Fernandez, Sibulan town, Wednesday morning.
Carranza said it may be hard to surpass the performance of his predecessor, but he assured Negrenses he will do his best to meet the expectations of the people.
The incoming provincial director did not mention in his speech what he will do with the proliferation of illegal drugs and illegal gambling in Negros Oriental, but during interview, Carranza clarified that these are already included in the marching orders of the Chief PNP.
He, however, said he could not give any time table for eradicating the illegal numbers game called “swertres”, but promised to sustain the operation against all forms of criminality.
For his part, Gov. Roel Degamo declared he still has the full trust and confidence on the leadership of Sr. Supt. Lawas until his relief for having performed an excellent job for the province. However, he will not also be a hindrance to the professional growth in Lawas’ career as a police officer.