Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Capuyan set to replace Baguio

CAMP ALAGAR, Cagayan de Oro City (BEN BALCE / Nov 21) - A Police general who spent most of his career in Northern Mindanao would replace retiring Chief Supt. Florante Baguio this week.

Camp Crame named Chief Supt. Teodorico Capuyan as the next police director for Northern Mindanao. The order takes effect on Friday.

Baguio is scheduled to turn over the Camp Alagar command to Capuyan on Nov. 24, a day he before he turns 55.

Camp Alagar warmly greeted the news on Capuyan’s appointment. The last time it had a regional director who was considered homegrown was when Camp Crame appointed the now retired Chief Supt. Reuben Cabagnot.

Like Cabagnot, Capuyan also served as police chief for Misamis Oriental.

“Capuyan is no stranger here and he’s very capable to lead the entire (police) command,” said Misamis Oriental Gov. Oscar Moreno.

Capuyan presently serve as executive director for operations of Camp Crame.

Capuyan held key positions at Camp Alagar before he was promoted to the rank of general. He has served Camp Alagar as chief of staff, deputy regional director for operations and deputy regional director for administrations.

On separate occasions, he also served as provincial director of the Bukidnon and Camiguin police offices.

Capuyan told Cagayan de Oro Journal he would announce his plans and programs during the Nov. 24 turnover.

“Let’s wait for the turn over and rest assured during the assumptions of command, my plans and programs will follow,” said Capuyan. “After the turnover of command, all things would be put in place.”

Gov. Moreno welcomed Capuyan’s appointment. “I have no questions on General Capuyan’s credibility as a police officer. He’s a good officer, a fighter and a gentleman.”

Moreno said he could not recall any issue raised against Capuyan when the police official held various positions under Camp Alagar.

He said he would support Capuyan the way he supported Chief Supt. Baguio whose “legacy in serving Region 10 is incomparable.”

It was learned that Capuyan’s appointment was endorsed by the Regional Peace and Order Council who cited the police official’s “sterling record and his extensive exposure to northern Mindanao where he was assigned for many years in various capacities.”


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