Lim assumes cop chief post in Compostela

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Monday, July 21, 2014


COMPOSTELA town has a new police commander.

Chief Insp. Fructoso Lim was designated yesterday by Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) as officer-in-charge of Compostela Police Station.

The order came after the relief of Senior Insp. Samuel Romanillos who was accused of

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allegedly receiving bribe money in exchange for the release of a Ghanaian national.

Under his command, Lim will focus on operations against illegal drugs that has become
a concern in Compostela.

“I will do my best to be an effective police chief and also be credible in the eyes of the public,” he told Sun.Star Cebu.

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Lim said he will intensify the implementation of search warrants in line with Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

During the interview, he said he was elated after CPPO Director Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac about the reassignment last week.

Lim, who was previously assigned in Medellin Police Station since last year, requested
for a transfer so he could be close to his family.

The CPPO sent five names of police officers to the mayor as Lim’s replacement in Medellin.

Truth

Meanwhile, Romanillos faced the media for the first time yesterday and is hopeful he will be cleared.

The Ghanaian national, who was identified by Alexander Painstil, 52, of Barangay Talisay, Daanbantayan, went to CPPO last Friday to shed light on the issue.

“Molutaw ra man ang kamatuoran (The truth will come out),” Romanillos told reporters.

Painstil even underwent a drug test that yielded negative results.

Romanillos said he suspect some of his subordinates in Compostela Police Station could be behind this.

“Strikto man gud ko sa trabaho. Kani silang na-involved, nagpabadlong sa akong police station. Giwarningan ra ni sila nako kay naluoy sad lagi ko (I’m strict when it comes to work. These people who are involved are misbehaving in my station. I only warned them since I also pity them),” he said.

Drug test

Romanillos was referring to PO3 Arni Goc-ong and PO2 Emil Rubilla, who caught the Ghanaian national allegedly sniffing marijuana.

Gillamac, however, said the result of the drug test conducted on Painstil will have no bearing because drug only stays in the body for three days.

He said their investigation is also focused on whether there was evidence recovered from Painstil and why he was allegedly released. DSM

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 22, 2014.

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