Three more commissioned officers and a police non-commissioned officer yesterday added to the list of Philippine National Police members from Police Regional Office 18, who were relieved from Negros Island Region and re-assigned to Mindanao.
Re-assigned to the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao effective Jan. 6, pursuant to Special Order Number 89 issued by Camp Crame, were Chief Inspectors Jeffrey Attunaga, Jerick Filosopo and Argel Ancheta, as well as Police Officer 3 Mewyn Oñas, Chief Inspector Dianne Grace Catedral, PRO 18 Public Information officer, said.
This brought to 35 the number of NIR policemen already re-assigned to ARMM and the Cordillera Administrative Region since October last year.
Filosopo was previously assigned as Police Community Relations chief of the Bacolod City Police Office, Attunaga as deputy commander of the BCPO Public Safety Company, while Ancheta served as BCPO Mobile Patrol Group commander.
Oñas used to be assigned at the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office.
The number of Negros policemen linked to the illegal drug trade may increase, following the revelations Monday of arrested drug personality Ricky Serenio that the Berya drug group, of which he is a member, according to the police, is paying protection money to 35 policemen.
Serenio, who topped the list of drug personalities in Negros Occidental, divulged in a video clip sent yesterday to the DAILY STAR, the names of police officers in Negros island, who were receiving money from them, ranging from P5,000 to as much as P1 million.
Majority of them used to be involved in the anti-drug campaign of BCPO, while others had already been re-assigned to other regions.
Catedral clarified yesterday that the affidavit of Serenio is not yet finished, and that he still needs to consult his counsel.
Once it is finished, and we already have the clearance of RD (Chief Supt. Renato Gumban) to release it, Catedral said she will furnish the media with copies of his sworn affidavits.
Of the NIR policemen re-assigned to ARMM and CAR, 15 have already been marked AWOL (Absent With Out Leave) for not reporting to their new assignments, Gumban said, citing records of the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management.*GPB
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