Montaño will be replaced by Lt. Col. Rodolfo Albotra while Maj. Ruel Burlat was designated as the new chief of the city police’s intelligence unit.
The relief orders were based on the recommendation of the Police Regional Office 8 director Brig. Gen. Ronaldo de Jesus.
"This reorganization is intended not only to improve the investigation and intelligence capacity of the Calabayog City Police Station in the light of the two incidents that happened but also to infuse new ideas and strategies on peace and order with the deployment of new police officers in the area," Eleazar added.
Another new appointee was Maj. Marino Estoño as the company commander of the Calbayog City-based 1st Samar Provincial Mobile Forces Company.
“Estoño just finished his commando course and we expect that his deployment in Calbayog City will calm the tension and address security apprehensions of the local residents as a result of the incident involving Mayor Aquino,” the PNP statement said.
Also killed on the spot were S/Sgt. Rodeo Balonzo and S/Sgt. Romeo Laoyon, and Aquino’s driver, Dennis Abayon.
Clint John Paul Yauder, a local government employee whose car was passing by when the alleged shootout happened, later died at St. Camillus Hospital Calbayog while the body of Capt. Joselito Tabada, chief of Samar Drug Enforcement Unit and acting chief of police of nearby Gandara town, was found under the Laboyao Bridge in Lonoy village on the same night.
Aquino, 58, was on his last term. He reportedly came from a tennis match and was on his way to his son’s birthday celebration. PNA)