NorMin police chief relieves, disarms, restricts narco cops

Northern Mindanao Police Regional chief ordered on morning of August 7 all ground commanders to relieve, disarm and restrict to barracks all police personnel in the region involved in illegal drug trade as earlier bared by President Rodrigo Duterte during a televised speech Sunday shortly after midnight.


“We strongly condemn the criminal act and we will make sure that they will be answerable for it criminally and administratively,” PCSupt Noel Constantino, PRO 10 regional director said as he reiterate PNP’s “zero tolerance” stand on drugs.


Constantino also ordered the immediate relief and reassignment of Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel involved to the administrative holding office at the Regional Headquarters Support Group inside Camp Alagar where they will be restricted to barracks while they face criminal and administrative charges.


Police Regional Office spokesperson Superintendent Surki Sereñas disclosed that Police Senior Inspector Roy Montes of Misamis Oriental Provincial Police Office; Police Chief Inspector Ricardo Gando and SPO1 Rodrigo Ramos of Bukidnon Provincial Office were ordered relieved, disarmed, restricted and investigated.


“Other names included in the list are still being verified as most of them are already retired, while some of them were either already jailed or dead,” Sereñas said.


Constantino also ordered the immediate recall of all police security escorts and bodyguards assigned to the identified narco politicians, while giving the latter 24 hours to turn themselves over to police authorities or “face the dire consequences.”


Chiefs of Police assigned to narco mayors will also be relieved and their deputation powers over the police are revoked in compliance to presidential pronouncement during President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA).


President Duterte earlier made public the long list of judges, politicians, police and military involved in the illegal drug trade. Eleven of them are from Northern Mindanao region consisting of seven PNP personnel and four politicians. (RPIO, PRO10)



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