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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
CEBU Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Director Noel Gillamac yesterday relieved the police chief of Compostela Police Station for allegedly receiving bribe money in exchange for the release of an arrested Ghanaian national.
Senior Insp. Samuel Romanillos will be temporarily assigned at the provincial police headquarters while facing an administrative investigation for grave misconduct, he said.
Gillamac's decision came after he received copies of the spot report and certificate of inventory of the incident that was allegedly not recorded in the police blotter.
"Anything that transpired within your area, especially an arrest or raid, should be put in the blotter. This is hard evidence. This is very clear," he told reporters.
According to the spot report, the Ghanaian national was arrested by police in Sitio Aggies, Barangay Poblacion, Compostela last June 9 after he was caught allegedly sniffing marijuana.
Sun.Star Cebu is withholding his name until he issues a statement regarding the incident.
PO3 Arni Goc-ong and PO2 Emil Rubilla of the Compostela Police Station were patrolling the area when they saw the Ghanaian national past 6 p.m., smoking a white hand-rolled paper believed to be marijuana.
The Ghanaian national was brought to the police station and detained. The spot report said the confiscated evidence will be brought to PNP Regional Crime Laboratory Office 7.
Rubilla signed the certificate of inventory as the confiscating officer while Cogon Barangay Captain Joven Amor signed as a witness.
The Ghanaian national, however, was released after Romanillos was allegedly paid P50,000 by the suspect's Filipina wife.
Supt. Rodulfo Albotra, head of CPPO's Provincial Investigation and Detective Management Branch (PIDMB), said that every person mentioned in the documents will also be investigated.
A team from PIDMB has been sent to Compostela town to look into the allegation against Romanillos.
In a phone interview, Romanillos said that he will wait and follow the order. He is now gathering evidence that would support him.
"This is an old issue as this happened last June yet," he said.
He earlier claimed the issue was politically-motivated.
Romanillos also denied removing the incident in the police blotter. Instead, he said they released the Ghanaian national because they didn't recover any illegal substance to charge the suspect.
"Wala man tay nakuha. Dili na dawaton sa korte. Kami man sad mo-determine kung mopadayon ug file kay madaot ta ana (We didn't get anything.
The court will not accept that. It is up to us to determine if we have a case or our reputation will be damaged," he said.
Gillamac submitted five names of police officials to Compostela Mayor Joel Quiño yesterday.
Quiño will choose Romanillos' replacement as officer-in-charge of the town police from among the list.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 16, 2014.