BUTUAN CITY— The chief of the po­lice’s Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group (CIDG) in Caraga re­gion was dis­missed fol­low­ing last week’s raid on the Bislig City Hall to in­spect a ve­hi­cle that po­lice sus­pected was used by the killers of a ra­dio broad­caster last month.

Chief Insp. Renel Ser­rano, spokesper­son for the Caraga po­lice of­fice, said Supt. Ce­sar Pa­day-os was re­moved from his post as CIDG Caraga di­rec­tor and had been re­as­signed to the CIDG Cordillera of­fice. Ser­rano, how­ever, said he did not know the rea­son be­hind the move.

Pa­day-os’ re­lief, how­ever, came af­ter Bislig of­fi­cials filed a com­plaint against him in con­nec­tion with the Nov. 7 search of the City Gen­eral Ser­vices Of­fice at the City Hall com­pound, where he led op­er­a­tives of the Special In­ves­ti­ga­tion Task Force (SITG) Lozada in in­spect­ing a Toy­ota Hi-Ace van that was of sim­i­lar make with the ve­hi­cle used by gun­men who at­tacked Christo­pher Lozada on Oct. 24.

Bislig Mayor Li­brado Navarro said city of­fi­cials filed the com­plaint against Pa­dayos for al­leged abuse, ha­rass­ment and grave mis­con­duct over the con­duct of the raid.

Pa­day-os led the search just hours af­ter Felixberto Vil­lo­cino Jr., the sus­pected look­out of gun­men who shot and killed Lozada, was ar­rested.

Com­plaint in PNP, DILG

In the com­plaint filed in the Philip­pine National Po­lice head­quar­ters in Camp Crame, Que­zon City, and in the Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG), Navarro said Pa­day-os and his team forced their way in con­duct­ing a “foren­sic” ex­am­ina- tion on the ve­hi­cle, amid their protest for lack of a valid search war­rant and proper co­or­di­na­tion.

But Se­nior Insp. Ar­lene Tanzo, spokesper­son for SITG Lozada, de­nied that the search was il­le­gal.

“[The SITG] only in­spected the van [at the City Hall], which had the same de­scrip­tion as the van used by the sus­pects (in the Lozada killing),” Tanzo said.

She said the po­lice made the proper co­or­di­na­tion with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, not­ing that Bislig sup­ply of­fi­cer Jonathan Jamora was present when the van was in­spected.

Tanzo said Pa­day-os’ re­lief was part of the PNP’s reshuf­fling of of­fi­cers.

Navarro said it was clear that the Lozada mur­der case had been “politi­cized.” He said he was sens­ing a con­certed ef­fort by the Pres­i­den­tial Task Force on Me­dia Se­cu­rity and the SITG Lozada to link him to the radioman’s killing.

Navarro had de­nied any hand in the mur­der of Lozada.

Christo­pher Lozada

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