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Napolcom strips 25 local chief execs of police power

  • Written by Joel dela Torre
  • Published in Nation
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THE National Police Commission (Napolcom) has stripped 25 local chief executives of their control over
the police for alleged abuse of authority.

Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy said the move sends a strong
message of the government’s unrelenting campaign against local officials suspected of abetting illegal
drug trade and crime.
    
Cuy, also Napolcom chairman, said there is never a letup on the investigation of local
officials reportedly involved in narco-trade and criminality.
    
The resolutions issued by the Napolcom revoked the deputation of one governor from Region 9
and 24 mayors from different regions.
    
Seven of the mayors are from Region 10, five from Region 4A, four from Region 3, three from
Region 12, two from Region 4B, one from Region 7, one from Region 9 and one from Region 1.
    
“The campaign is still on,” Cuy stressed.
    
The resolutions dated October 30 withdrawing from 25 LCEs their operational supervision and
control over local police were also signed by other members of the Napolcom en banc namely Napolcom
vice chairman and executive officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao, and commissioners Felizardo M. Serapio
Jr., Job M. Mangente, Zenonida F. Brosas, and PNP Chief Ronald M. dela Rosa.
    
The resolutions state that the Commission is in receipt of a confidential report outlining the
alleged abuse of authority committed by the officials which warrant the suspension of their deputation
as Napolcom representatives.
    
The resolutions further stated that the officials are allegedly “engaging in acts inimical to
national security which negate the effectiveness of the peace and order campaign of the government”
and are suspected of “providing material support to criminal elements.”
    
The Napolcom said among the basis of the withdrawal of police power of the local executes is
the report of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency  on suspected narco-politicians.
    
The Commission added that some local officials were also “abetting or having links to
terrorists” and should have no control over police operations.
    
Under the law, governors and mayors are automatically deputized as representatives of the
Napolcom in their respective jurisdiction and are allowed to “inspect police forces and units, conduct
audit, and exercise other functions as may be authorized by the Commission.”