LT. Col. Reynante Reyes is the new officer-in-charge of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo), not Lt. Col. Dexter Paje as reported earlier in another newspaper.
Cocpo spokesperson Lt. Col. Mardy Hortillosa clarified this in an interview even as he said that Paje would temporarily assume as Cocpo deputy director for administration, the post to be vacated by Reyes.
The untimely change in command was triggered by Wednesday's motorcycle accident of Cocpo director Col. Nelson Aganon, who is currently in a two-week induced sedation.
Hortillosa explained that Reyes was supposed to assume in his new role as Police Regional Office (PRO) 10 deputy director for intelligence when the accident happened.
"Prior sa hitabo, ang atong bag-ong regional director Brig. Gen. Rafael Santiago nangita og makatimbang kaniya isip R-2 (Intelligence) ug si Col. Reyes ang nahunahunaan fit for the position," he said.
But at around 3:00 p.m. last Wednesday when Aganon executed his final practice in the motorcycle long jump obstacle course as part of mandatory training at the Army's Camp Evangelists here, the police official hit the ground hard after he lost control of his bike midair.
Aganon was immediately rushed to a private hospital nearby where physicians induced him to a forced medical coma for a two-week observation after he sustained internal head injuries.
The regional police headquarters Camp Alagar immediately halted Reyes' transfer and ordered him to temporarily assume the Cocpo directorship.
For his part, Reyes vowed to continue all the programs implemented by Aganon while waiting for his healthy recovery.