TWELVE police officers of the Talisay City Police Station deployed for New Year Day’s security were relieved after they allegedly went on vacation without permission from their superiors.
Cebu Provincial Police Office Director Edgar Alan Okubo found out that these officers went home after he visited the station in a surprise inspection last Dec. 30.
The officers were part of the team who replaced their fellow officers who were on their Christmas break. They were ordered to be report for work until the New Year.
The erring policemen were transferred to the Provincial Holding and Accounting Unit of Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) and they will undergo a seminar, pending the result of the investigation, said Supt. Jaime Quiocho Jr., CCPO deputy director for administration.
Okubo and the provincial police staff were inspecting the police stations to make sure the police were ready to secure the public during the holiday season.
Quiocho said they were on full alert at the time. Okubo, he said, found out that only senior police non-commissioned officers were left at the Talisay City Police Station. Supt. Jason Villamater, city police chief, was on his Christmas break. Okubo ordered the 12 officers to return to the police station last Dec. 30, but they failed to do so. (KAL)