RETIRED Police Superintendent Armando Tobongbanua, the new regional commander of Task Force Crusaders, vowed to help curb criminality and graft and corruption involving elected public officials.
Tubongbanua, a former deputy at Bacolod City Police Office, took his oath before Task Force Crusaders national commander retired Police General Romeo Maganto last Saturday, April 28.
He took over from former police officer Ricardo Noble who resigned last month to focus on his business and family.
Noble said his name was also dragged into the illegal numbers game issue which he finds disadvantageous to the organization.
He knows who is behind the “propaganda,” he said, but because he cares for the organization, he preferred to step down from his post.
“It was my personal decision to resign from Task Force Crusaders. I must sacrifice my position to protect the good image of our organization whose mission is really to serve the common good,” he said.
For his part, Tubongbanua, who served as consultant before he was appointed regional commander, said his group will serve as watchdog of the community.
“We will help curb criminality and malfeasance in government to make our community and country worthy to be lived by its citizens," he added.
Probe on fraud
In a related development, the Task Force Crusaders has asked House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell- Ubial to investigate an alleged insurance fraud through widespread recruitment of cataract patients in Negros Occidental.
John Chiong, national deputy commander, said yesterday the matter is serious that needs to be investigated by concerned government agencies.
He, however, refused to reveal the names of eye specialists allegedly involved.
In a letter dated April 6 sent to Ubial and Alvarez, Chiong said his group received complaints from medical practitioners claiming that the fraud was committed involving the Philippine Health Isurance Corp., some hospitals, some members of the Philippine Medical Association, some who joined the so-called Cataract Foundation, and social and health workers of the government. (With reports from Teresa D. Ellera)