ACCEPTS GMA OFFER TO HEAD BOC POLICEMANILA, October 18 , 2004 (STAR) By Marichu Villanueva - Retired police general Reynaldo Berroya has reportedly accepted the offer of President Arroyo to become the new Bureau of Customs (BOC) police chief.
...Berroya reportedly accepted the post to replace incumbent Custom's Enforcement and Security Services (ESS) director Virgilio Sala who is set to retire on Oct. 27.
...Berroya is currently assistant secretary for special operations of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) where Mrs. Arroyo appointed him right after his retirement from the police service earlier this year.
...Cebu Customs district collector Billy Bibit told The STAR Friday that Berroya has accepted his new assignment.
"He (Berroya) told me that he had already talked with President Arroyo that he is accepting his new post," Bibit said.
Bibit and Berroya
were colleagues in the defunct Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) which took a major part in the uprising against the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos in the 1986 people power revolt.
was sentenced to life imprisonment for the kidnapping.This was after then Senior Superintendent Panfilo Lacson and others testified that Berroya was involved in the kidnapping of a supposed drug lord.
was later released after his
conviction was reversed by the Supreme Court. He
was later reinstated to the police service several months after Mrs. Arroyo took over the presidency in January 2001.
During the May presidential elections, Mrs. Arroyo appointed Berroya
to head a special task force to go after "kotong" (mulcting) cops.
pending appointment as the new BOC police chief came after Mrs. Arroyo declared an all out war against smugglers.
...As director of the Custom's ESS, Berroya has the principal task of fully enforcing the Tariff and Customs Code which include offenses related to smuggling activities.