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Aurora top cop ‘ousted’ by leaking roofs

  • Written by Mamer Bañez
  • Published in Provincial
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BALER, Aurora -- The fledgling police provincial director of the province has been “ousted” barely three weeks in office.

Senior Supt. Randolf Balonglong, who assumed his post November 18, is no longer holding office in the second floor of this police headquarters. 

He was driven out and was forced to hold office in his private quarters after rains caused a leaking roof that smacked off a foul smell in the office of the provincial director.
   
The one-story quarters are adjacent to the two-story main building which was recently repainted and renovated.
   
“Dito muna tayo,” Balonglong told scribes who visited him at the provincial police headquarters, pointing to the sala of his private quarters which does not even have enough ventilation, making reporters sweat out while having him interviewed.
   
Balonglong, who replaced Supt. Fidel Dapreza after the latter’s three-month stint, said he decided to move out as his office has no longer become his “comfort zone” because of roof leaks caused by recent heavy rains.
 
Heavy torrential rains triggered flash floods of up to three feet in the capital town of Baler late last month.
   
Past typhoons have also damaged this police camp, making it an eyesore, particularly during the tenure of Dapreza’s predecessor, Senior Supt. Danilo Florentino.
   
It took the initiative of then-PNP chief Director General Ricardo Marquez before the funds were allocated for the repair.
   
The tegula is a form of plain roof tile laid flat upon the roof used in ancient Greek and Roman architecture as a waterproof and durable roof covering. Made predominantly of fired clay, it also consists of marble, bronze or gilt.
   
In Rome, they replaced wooden shingles, and were used on almost every type of structure, from humble outbuildings to grand temples and public facilities.
   
“We have the leaking roofs repaired but the tegula that was to be installed did not match the old ones that we intend to replace. It was hard to find the original ones so we could not proceed with the repairs. In the end, I deemed it fit to just hold my office in my quarters,” he said.
   
Balonglong, a veteran of three United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions, took over last month in an abrupt change of command without formal turnover ceremonies.