CITING the principle of command responsibility, Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday ordered the administrative relief of the director of the Eastern Police District and the chief of the Pasay City Police Station in the aftermath of two separate entrapment operations against rogue officers and men assigned in their respective drug enforcement units.
Relieved as EPD district director was Chief Superintendent Bernabe M. Balba and Pasay City police chief Senior Supt. Noel Flores. Balba was one of the most hardworking and efficient police officials in Metro Manila from Philippine Military Academy Class 1988 until fate intervened when members of his Drug Enforcement Unit figured in a kidnapping and extortion case.
“I will always follow, support and believe the wisdom of my superiors,” Balba said. However, he emphasized that he has not been remiss in constantly reminding and supervising his men and looking at their state of discipline.
Gen. Albayalde designated Chief Supt. Christopher E. Tambungan Jr., as the new EPD director. On the other hand, Tambungan, the erstwhile Executive Officer of the PNP Directorate for Police-Community Relations, was replaced by Senior Supt. Sterling Blanco of PMA Class 1989.
National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar ordered the administrative relief of 15 personnel of the EPD-DEU and 27 officers and men of the Pasay City Police Station Drug Enforcement Team in the aftermath of the involvement of their unit in separate “bangketa/hulidap” operations.
Relieved as EPD-DEU chief was Chief Inspector Allan Miparanum and his men, Senior Police Officers 3 Alex Recio and Ryan Escorial, SPO2s Arnel Parado, Rommel Moises, Dennis Singuillo and Frederick Nervar Jr., PO2 Marlo Quibete and PO1 Reynold Orillo, Maricris Doong, Charles Anthony Quinto, John Patrick de Guzman, Arlon Hernandez and Marissa April Piga.
Relieved from the Pasay City Police Station 7 Drug Enforcement Team were its officer-in-charge, Inspector Ronaldo Frades and his men, SPO3s Victor Abalos Jr. and Marlon Bongalon, SPO2s Carlo Sison, Nathaniel Garcia and Rigor Octaviano, PO2s Sajid Anwar Nasser, Monsier Navarro Frangie Furton and Rodel Lalimarmo; and PO1s Dennis Orola, Anthony Fernandez, James Paul Callo, John Mark Cruz, Rad Dranto, Clyde Tabulog, John Maynard Tolentino, Lore John Nicolas, Jess Dulnuan, Joel Jann Magallanes, Christian Villanueva and Jay-ar Orquino as well as investigators, SPO3s John Christopher Lim and Edwin Hamor, SPO2 Jon Vernal Barraza and SPO1s Jay Martinez and Jerry Hernandez.
Agents of the PNP Counter-Intelligence Task Force headed by Senior Supt. Romeo M. Caramat Jr. before dawn yesterday arrested PO3 Nasser, a member of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit of the Pasay City police accused of abducting a suspected drug dealer and demanding P100,000 from his live-in partner for his release without any charges.
Inspector Frades and Octaviano and Fernandez are still being hunted in connection with the same case. Caramat said Frades was even recorded on cell phone demanding the money from the complainant.
The Pasay City policemen were found to have illegally arrested the woman’s live-in partner and demanded P100,000 for his safe release without any charges. The cops did not record the arrest and instead made the monetary demand.
On the other hand, members of the NCRPO Regional Drug Enforcement Unit arrested PO2 Quibete, a member of the EPD Drug Enforcement Unit accused of involvement in an illegal ‘hulidap/bangketa’ operation in an entrapment operation at the corner of Evangelista Street and Dela Paz Street in Barangay Santolan, in Pasig City, at around 10:30 p.m..
Gen. Albayalde said he will see to it that the erring policemen will be dismissed from the force.
Eleazar emphasized anew that the NCRPO has no room for rogues in uniform and he won’t hesitate to order the arrest of any NCRPO police officer and men who will be found engaged in illegal activity.