Talisay City ‘to get’ new police chief-A A +A
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
TALISAY City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes is considering replacing the city’s police chief Supt. Resty Santos for the latter’s alleged failure to address rampant vote-buying in the city during last Monday’s barangay elections.
Even though police were not allowed to enter polling precincts, they should have made an exception if a crime was taking place inside, he said.
The mayor said vote buyers were waiting outside poll precincts.
“Kailangan gyud unta sila mu-interfere (They should’ve interfered),” de los Reyes said.
He said they received complaints through his “Text to the Mayor” program that the vote-buying was even done in broad daylight.
And yet the police failed to arrest a single person, he said.
De los Reyes said he’ll send a letter to Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac, Cebu Provincial Police Office director, regarding his plan to replace Santos.
The mayor also said they’ve received reports that Santos has connections with the city’s illegal drug operators.
Santos, in a separate interview, said he has no problem being reassigned as it’s natural for someone in his profession to be transferred to different assignments.
But in his defense, Santos said he and his men did their best to ensure that the elections in the city remained safe and secure.
Santos said they couldn’t act against vote buyers unless complainants were willing to take the matter before the Commission on Elections.
He also denied any involvement with illegal drug syndicates in the city.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 30, 2013.