THE National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) yesterday clarified that the grounds for withdrawing the police powers of certain local chief executives (LCEs) were “not all drug-related.”
According to NAPOLCOM vice chairman and executive officer Rogelio Casurao, while the most common reason why an LCE was stripped of his police deputation in connection with the fight against illegal drugs, there are other “specific and detailed grounds” for the action.
The clarification came after a query from Rep. Aurora E. Cerilles of the 2nd Congressional District of Zamboanga del Sur whose husband, Gov. Antonio Cerilles from the same province, was among those whose deputation was withdrawn.
“The resolutions from the NAPOLCOM were clear, as they stated the basis for the withdrawal of the deputation powers of the local officials. It was not solely about drug-related issues,” Casurao said.
NAPOLCOM resolution no. 2017- 571 cited that the grounds for the withdrawal of deputation for Governor Cerilles was the “receipt of a confidential report outlining the abuse of authority committed” by the official.
DILG OIC and concurrent NAPOLCOM Chair Catalino S. Cuy reiterated that indeed, there are “various grounds for the withdrawal (of deputation)”.
“The public must be made aware that the confidential reports which formed the basis for the withdrawal of deputation were gathered by different intelligence agencies, thereby giving them a high degree of reliability,” Cuy stated.
He added that there are other actions that can be committed by local chief executives that may warrant the suspension of their power over the police, and it is not just confined to drugs or abuse of authority.
Some of these grounds, according to Cuy include: “Frequent unauthorized absences, providing material support to criminal elements or engaging in acts inimical to national security or which negate the effectiveness of the peace and order campaign”.