THE man who will run the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as temporary replacement of sacked Ismael Sueno is an “old face” — Undersecretary for Public Order Catalino Cuy.
Malacañang appointed Cuy as officer-in-charge a day after President Duterte fired Sueno, a close-friend, over corruption allegations. Sueno held office for less than a year.
According to Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, Cuy’s appointment will ensure a continuous and effective delivery of services of the Department until the time the President names a new Secretary.
The DILG OIC, who served as the Davao City police chief during his uniformed service days, had just received additional assignments from Sueno before the “uprising” allegedly orchestrated by three undersecretaries.
Last Friday (March 31), Sueno signed department order 2017-293 (Delegation of Authority) amending D.O. 2016-1017 giving Cuy additional functions such as assisting the Secretary in the overall supervision of the Philippine National Police (PNP) particularly on the operational, deployment and appointment matters.
He was also tasked with overall supervision over the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) among others.
BFP and BJMP used to be under the supervision of the Undersecretary for Public Safety (USPS) which is headed by Atty. Jesus Hinlo.
Hinlo was among the three ranking DILG officials named by Sueno as the ones who orchestrated the so-called “coup” against him. The two others are Usecs. John Castriciones and Emily Padilla.
Sueno said he had clipped the three officials’ powers because the tasks assigned to them produced no results.
DILG insiders said that the recent D.O. issued by Sueno could have triggered the “uprising” since it left the officials with practically nothing, no work and authority.