SENIOR Superintendent William Señoron, acting director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO), will not be relieved from his post amid reports linking him to the illegal drug trade.

Chief Superintendent Renato Gumban, acting director of Police Regional Office (PRO)-Negros Island Region (NIR), said on Wednesday he received instructions from Director General Ronald de la Rosa, chief of Philippine National Police, to exclude policemen from the relief order if there is no direct evidence against him.

Señoron’s name was mentioned in the sworn statement of drug suspect Ricky Serenio, who claimed that Superintendent Maharlika Oscar Villasis, former head of Regional Special Operations Task Group of PRO-NIR, allegedly asked for P1 million protection money from the Berya drug group.

Of the alleged amount, P200,000 was supposedly for Señoron and P500,000 was for retired Chief Superintendent Conrado Capa, former regional director of PRO-NIR. The allegations were strongly denied by Señoron and Capa.

Señoron is safe, Gumban said, adding that it was Villasis who allegedly mentioned Señoron and Capa’s name to Serenio, who doesn’t have direct contact with the two police officials.

Gumban, however, said that if Villasis makes a statement proving such allegations about Señoron and Capa, then both will be held liable.

For now, reports tagging the two in the P1 million protection money remains a hearsay, he added.

Gumban said the PRO-NIR has already a data base of “narco-policemen,” who were relieved before and after they were mentioned by Serenio in his affidavit.

Their alleged involvement in illegal drugs is being verified by intelligence operatives, he added.

Señoron said he and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-18 Director Roselyn Borja tackled the anti-drug campaign during their meeting with Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. Wednesday.

He said that the governor reiterated his support to the PDEA and the police force.

Señoron added that he presented to Marañon the manifesto of support he received from the chiefs of police under the NOCPPO.