BALER, Aurora -- A former member of three United Nations (UN) peacekeeping forces is now new director of the Philippine National Police in this province.
Senior Supt. Randolf Balonglong assumed the post last week from police Supt. Fidel Dapreza, who was provincial director for only three months without formal turnover ceremonies in Camp Victor Ravina, Baler.
Dapreza assumed his post last August 18 in place of Senior Supt. Danilo Florentino, who served for over a year. Before Florentino, who assumed his post in July 2015, his predecessor, Senior Supt. Elmer Bantog, served for two-and-a-half years.
Dapreza will go down in history as one with the shortest stint as police director.
Balonglong, a native of Banaue, Ifugao, is a member of the PNP Academy Tagapagkalinga Batch of 1991, comes with very impressive credentials and a sterling background as outstanding police officer.
Before being named Aurora director, Balonglong was with the historical museum and management division in Camp Crame, a division under the Police Community Relations Group (PCRG).
He was also assigned for 14 years in northern Mindanao as station commander, commanding officer and operations officer.
Balonglong was thrice deployed in peacekeeping missions of the UN in Liberia, Sudan, Africa and in Haiti.