CORDILLERA’S top police brass finally faced the City Council after subbing three invitations.
During Monday’s regular session, Acting Baguio City Police director Senior Supt. Ramil Saculles, Traffic Management Unit of Baguio City Police chief Armando Gapuz with Senior Police Officer 3 Alberto Tadeo were present to answer queries from the legislative body.
Saculles said the transfer of Tadeo is all but following a police chain of command, considered sacred by members of the force.
The BCPO top cop said as long as there is nothing illegal being asked of them, the chain of command is followed, relating to the orders to transfer Tadeo to Apayao, to which he complied with and was criticized for not protecting the hardworking traffic cop.
It can be recalled Tadeo apprehended a private motor-vehicle for violating the Odd-Even Ordinance of the city on December 21 at the Baguio City Public Market along Magsaysay Avenue.
The driver, PO3 Joseph Canlas and his passengers identified themselves as fellow members of the PNP assigned to Police S/Supt Gregorio Lim at the Cordillera Police Regional Office.
Tadeo then gave both a warning but did not issue traffic citations and later in the afternoon, Tadeo received orders from the office of Lim, relieving him from BCPO and transferring him to Apayao province.
The police officer has since returned to the city as well as his case based on attitude of an officer as well as the manner of arrest was dismissed by the Regional Internal Affairs Service [RIAS] of the Philippine National Police for lack of probable cause.
Councilor Faustino Olowan who pushed for the presence of the PNP asked Tadeo why a ticket was not issued to Canlas who was in violation of a City Ordinance, castigating Tadeo for not implementing the law.
Olowan asked for a strict implementation of the law while Councilor Edgar Avila told Saculles to assert his authority if a case similar to Tadeo is encountered.
PNP Cordillera regional director Chief Superintendent Elmo Francis Sarona, with Lim did not appear before the city council.
The local council also responded to public outcry on the transfer of Tadeo, with a host of resolutions filed to bring the traffic officer back to the city, and declare Lim as “Persona non Grata” in the city because of his callus orders.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 21, 2017.
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