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Tablac heads new set of PNP press corps officers

WINNERS. Jordan Tablac leads the new set of officers in the PNP Press Corps after winning the election Wednesday at the Baguio City Police Office Kapanalig Hall. Tablac is seen here with treasurer elect Roderick Osis, left, and business manager elect Migs Velarde, middle. PML

After touring the seven Baguio lucky summer visitors during the Holy Week, former Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club president Jordan Tablac looks forward to leading the police press corps for the next two years.

The Bombo Radyo Baguio chief of reporters was unchallenged in winning the top seat of  Cordillera PNP Press Corps as he looks forward to having a better relationship with the police during his term.

Business Mirror correspondent, meanwhile, had a walk in the park to assume the vice president’s office with no challenger during Wednesday’s election at the Kapanalig Hallof the Baguio City Police Office.

Also unchallenged were Dionisio Dennis, Roderick Osis and Amianan Balita Ngayon publisher Thomas Antonio Picana, who were elected secretary, treasurer and auditor in that order.

Miguelito Velarde,  Jr. and former PNP Press Corps president Rizaldy Comanda of Manila Bulletin were also unchallenged for the business managers position.

However, the race for the four board seats was highly contested with eight candidates.

Baguio Midland Courier editor Harley Palangchao became the early favorite as he got 80 percent of the first 20 ballots from the 43 voters and cruised to a 32 vote total to take the first seat.

After an early nip and tuck with Herald Express editor Dexter See,  regular police beat reporters Charles Limon, Freddie Rulloda and Mar Oclaman, Baguio Chronicle editor Frank Cimatu wound up with 24 votes to win the second seat.

See finished with 21 votes to secure the third seat, while the late surging  Philippine Star photojournalist Andy Zapata, Jr. managed 20 votes for the last and final seat.

It was a close finish for the candidates with Limon raking in 17 nods, followed by Rulloda and Philippine Star writer Artemio Dumlao, Jr. tied with 16 votes and Oclaman at the tail with 15.

“It was really a close fight, even the top finishers were not sure if they can win,” observed Tablac, referring to Cimatu and Palangchao, both former BCBC presidents.

Past presidents of the BCBC, the umbrella organization of all media clubs, are Osis and Velarde.

See is a former PNPPC president.

Tablac said his group of officers will work the soonest possible so they can put in place projects of the press corps.

He said that induction of the new set of officers could be on April 20 or during the testimonial of outgoing PNP chief Rudolfo Azurin, Jr. at the Philippine Military Academy. Pigeon Lobien.

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