THREE commissioned officers of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) and a non-commissioned officer of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo) were ordered transferred to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) effective January 6.
Chief Inspector Dianne Grace Catedral, public information officer of Police Regional Office-Negros Island Region (NIR), confirmed on Tuesday the relief of Chief Inspector Argel Ancheta, chief of Intelligence Branch, Chief Inspector Jerick Filosofo, head of Police Community Relations, and Chief Inspector Jeffrey Attunaga, deputy chief of Bacolod Public Safety Company, and Police Officer 3 Mewyn Oñas.
Of the 13 policemen included in the latest “narco list,” they are the first four relieved due to their alleged involvement in illegal drugs.
There are nine remaining policemen who have yet to be issued a reassignment order by the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters pending validation.
Since October, 34 policemen, including the recent four, have already been relieved from the supervision of PRO-NIR and were transferred to ARMM and Cordillera Administrative Region.
Chief Superintendent Renato Gumban, acting regional director of PRO-NIR, had earlier said that more policemen will be transferred, following the revelations linking policemen and other personalities to illegal drugs made by the region’s top drug suspect Ricky Serenio.
Serenio was arrested by operatives of the Regional Special Operations Task Group at Rizal Street, Barangay Zone 9 in Talisay City last January 8 after they served him an arrest warrant for grave coercion.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 11, 2017.
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