CAMP JUAN, Laoag City—Ilocos Norte police provincial director Senior Supt. Antonio Mendoza Jr. has resigned from his present position to assume as newly-appointed police liaison officer of the Philippine Embassy in California, USA effective December 26, 2014.

Mendoza will serve his new overseas post for three years.

This Alicia, Isabela native said he applied for the said police attaché job in the US.

Out of several fellow top police officers who underwent rigid screening, he bested them all based on credential, combat experience and personality evaluation.

As combatant, he was deployed in the war-torn Mindanao region prior to his assignment in Ilocos Norte.

Record showed that Mendoza headed the INPPO for eight months and a half.

During his nearly one-year stint in the province, the INPPO police community relations office claimed that Mendoza had accomplished a lot of impressive projects and programs that improved peace and order, boosted the competence of the uniformed men and women as well as upgrading of equipment and facilities at the camp here.

In the meantime, his deputy, Supt. Adolfo T. Rafanan will take over the INPPO command as temporary officer-in-charge pending the designation of Mendoza’s replacement.

At press time, the names of Colonel Sterling Blanco and a certain Colonel Ocon were being floated as nominees for the vacated PD post.

Blanco hails from Laoag City where he served for over two years as police chief.

As normal policy, the police top brass at Camp Crame, Quezon City through the PNP regional office in La Union will submit to Gov. Imee Marcos at least three or six nominees for her to pick from the list her favorite choice to become the next police director in Ilocos Norte. (tsg w/ kl, ga, ar, al, jg, rj report)