By Francis Allan L. Angelo


THE Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS) of the Police Regional Office (PRO-6) junked the petition of a municipal mayor seeking to suspend Senior Insp. Leroy Rapiz.


RIAS-6 said Mayor Restituto Mosqueda of Estancia, Iloilo failed to present evidence and witnesses to support his petition asking for the 90-day preventive suspension of Rapiz.


Mosqueda filed the petition in the heels of his alleged armed confrontation with Rapiz outside the barangay hall of San Roque, Estancia last month.


The near-shootout occurred when Mosqueda allegedly snarled at Rapiz for operating in Estancia without his knowledge and rumor-mongering.


The confrontation happened in the presence of 5th district Rep. Niel “Jun-Jun” Tupas Jr. who graced the fiesta of Brgy. San Roque.


Rapiz, who was relieved as deputy director of the 608th Iloilo Provincial Mobile Group after the incident, heaped criminal and administrative cases on Mosqueda before the Ombudsman.


Mosqueda retaliated by filing a case for attempted murder against Rapiz.