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By Francis Allan L. Angelo

MISFITS in the PNP might be sent to replace cops that were relieved in the aftermath of the Maguindanao massacre in Mindanao, the Police Regional Office (PRO-6) said.

C/Supt. Isagani R. Cuevas, PRO-6 director, said cops in Western Visayas who misbehave might be sent to Maguindanao if they don’t reform their ways.

“They should not be hard headed and behave well for they might be chosen to serve in Maguindanao,” Cuevas said.

Cuevas said the PRO-6 is ready to send a team of police officers who will replace their colleagues who were sacked after 57 people were massacred in the heated political rivalry between the Ampatuan and Mangudadatu clans.

“If the headquarters requests that we send a team to Maguindanao, we have ready personnel to be dispatched in the area. But I hope that policemen in Western Visayas will not be chosen to replace the relieved officers,” Cuevas said, apparently concerned with the political tension in Maguindanao.

PNP Chief Jesus Verzosa ordered the relief of the entire Maguindanao Provincial Police Office (PPO) personnel to pave the way for an impartial investigation on the Maguindanao massacre.

According to C/Supt. Leonardo Espina, PNP spokesman, more or less 1,000 Maguindanao policemen would be replaced.

Some police officers in Maguindanao are believed involved in the massacre which also claimed the lives of 30 journalists.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

A POLICE officer slapped a P5-million civil suit against Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez Sr. for allegedly humiliating and oppressing him.

SPO1 Rex delos Reyes of Igbaras police station said he wants Gonzalez to pay moral damages for accusing him coddling goons and engaging in illegal activities.

Delos Reyes had also filed an administrative case against Gonzalez before the Ombudsman-Visayas for libel, grave misconduct and oppression.

The cop said he sued Gonzalez for harassing him since last year. Delos Reyes said his agony began when the justice department chief saw him talking to former Iloilo City Prosecutor Efrain Baldago at the new Iloilo airport.

Gonzalez ordered Baldago’s relief as city prosecutor early this year for alleged graft and corruption which the latter denied.

Delos Reyes also blamed Gonzalez for his transfer from the Regional Mobile Group to Igbaras for alleged links to criminal syndicates. He also rapped Gonzalez for having him transferred to Mindanao also for purported criminal activities.

The libel suit was based on Gonzalez’s pronouncement over a radio interview accusing delos Reyes of maintaining armed goons. Gonzalez also said in the same interview that delos Reyes was not reporting to Igbaras but was always seen in Iloilo City.

Gonzalez had also accused delos Reyes of lobbing grenades at the cars of Chief Insp. Musa Amiyong, Iloilo City Police Office intelligence chief, and former punong barangay Ramonito Gratis.

The cop said the numerous citations he received – Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Medalya ng Paglilingkod sa Visayas and Medalya ng Mabuting Asal – prove that he is no scalawag in uniform.

Delos Reyes is one of the 81 cops who were ordered to undergo retraining at the Regional Mobile Group headquarters in Victorias City, Negros Occidental. But he did not show up at the training center because he is sick.

Atty. Plaridel Nava, delos Reyes’ counsel, said they might also sue Chief Supt. Isagani Cuevas, Police Regional Office (PRO-6) director, for being Gonzalez’s “stooge.”

Nava, who is also Baldago’s lawyer, said they will sue Cuevas for grave abuse of authority if they find enough proof that the region’s top cop allowed himself to carry out Gonzalez’s wishes.

Nava said his client did not proceed to Victorias City because he did not receive any order from the regional command or his station.

The lawyer said delos Reyes does not need to undergo retraining.

Cuevas denied Nava’s accusation saying it was the PNP national command that ordered the retraining, not Gonzalez.

Cuevas said the retraining aims to improve the performance of police officers in Western Visayas.

“If they don’t want to serve as police officers, they can always resign because we have many replacements waiting for vacancy,” Cuevas said.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

JUSTICE Secretary Raul Gonzalez is willing to twist arms if only to ship out cops allegedly involved in illegal drugs and other criminal activities.

Gonzalez said he is confident that the Department of Interior and Local Government will heed his request to reassign to Mindanao 20 police officers in Iloilo who were tagged in various crime syndicates.

Gonzalez said he has submitted the names of the police officers to DILG Secretary Ronaldo Puno who has supervision over the Philippine National Police.

The justice department chief said he has solid proof against the police officers accused of coddling criminals in Iloilo.

“The DILG might defend these police officers but I will confront Secretary Puno about this in Malacañang,” he said.

Ten of the 20 police officers in Gonzalez’s list have been identified: PO1 Godofredo Jamolo Jr., PO2 Remy Donasco, SPO3 Elvis Donasco, SPO4 Fred Blones, PO3 Ferdinand Garcia, PO2 Arnold Alavansas, PO3 Henry Mana-ay, PO3 Edmund Castillo, and SPO1 Ronaldo Alag.

Gonzalez has also tagged SPO1 Rex Delos Reyes of Igbaras PNP of coddling armed goons and lobbing a grenade at the car of Iloilo City Police Office intelligence chief Musa Amiyong.

Atty. Plaridel Nava, Delos Reyes’ legal counsel, said his client has threatened to file libel and disbarment cases against Gonzalez for making premature statements.

Nava said Gonzalez should refrain from tagging police officers to crimes as this might affect any cases that will be filed with the prosecutors’ office.

“He is the secretary of justice and he supervises prosecutors. If he makes such statements, he might prejudice cases filed against the police officers or against him,” Nava said.

Delos Reyes said over Bombo Radyo that he will seek a temporary restraining order against the plan to reassign them to war-torn Mindanao.

Delos Reyes said Gonzalez’s moves are purely personal after the former was seen talking to former Iloilo City prosecutor Efrain Baldago whom the justice secretary removed months ago.

Gonzalez welcomed any suit from delos Reyes saying he has nothing personal against the police officer.

Gonzalez said it is only now that he learned delos Reyes’ connection to Baldago.

June 2020

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