PNP brigade commander relieved over partisanship

A BRIGADE commander of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Reactionary Stand-by Support Force (RSSF) was relieved from his post on Tuesday due to allegations that he was openly supporting a presidential candidate.

Chief Superintendent Ronald dela Rosa, a native of Davao City where he also served as the province's police chief, was relieved after warning through his Facebook account the people who are planning to manipulate the results of the upcoming national and local elections.

In his social media post, dela Rosa also tagged several persons and personalities known to be supporters of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who is running for the president in the May 9 polls.

"I am the Brigade Commander of the PNP-RSSF composed of 8,000 battalions close to 5,000 personnel based in Camp Crame. Kayong mga mangdadaya at mangliligalig ngayong May 9 elections, humanda na kayo! We will crush (crash) you! Kung sa bisaya pa Ligsan Ta Mo!," the post reads.

Deputy Director General Danilo Constantino denied that dela Rosa's social media status was the reason behind his relief and said that the police official has to be re-assigned to train conduct orientation to the policemen for their election duties and responsibilities.

However, he said dela Rosa will be under investigation over his controversial post where they will identify his administrative liabilities.

Constantino reminded the police personnel to remain non-partisan, as it is part of their sworn duties and responsibilities as public servants.

He also urged the PNP to avoid being involved in political discussions.

Meanwhile, Edgardo Pamittan who will be replacing dela Rosa as RSSF brigade commander reminded his men to remain professional.

He urged them to always be distance sensitive as they are only allowed 200 meters from the polling centers and that they are only allowed to get near it depending on the circumstances.

Pamittan told the police forces to wear their proper attire and be ready with protective gears in case they have to respond to demonstrations, which may take place on election day.

He assured that the PNP will always observe maximum tolerance in dealing with protesters. (Sunnex)

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