Visayas po­lice chief de­nies state­ment vs fel­low cops

Tempo - - News - D. Cor­dova) (Calvin

CEBU CITY – The chief of the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice-Cen­tral Visayas (PRO-7) de­nied is­su­ing state­ment im­pli­cat­ing re­tired and ac­tive po­lice of­fi­cers in gun-for-hire ac­tiv­i­ties.

"I never said there are po­lice­men serv­ing as hit­men. What I said that if there are po­lice­men who are into gun-for-hire ac­tiv­i­ties then they should be in­ves­ti­gated," Si­nas said.

Si­nas is­sued the clar­i­fi­ca­tion af­ter PNP Chief Os­car Al­bay­alde in­structed him to run af­ter po­lice­men who are moon­light­ing as hit­men for syn­di­cates.

Si­nas said that he has cleared the mat­ter with the PNP chief.

"I ex­plained it to him that I never said those things. I was mis­in­ter­preted," said Si­nas.

The is­sue cropped up af­ter Si­nas talked about the re­cent spate of killings when he graced a Face­book live in­ter­view by a lo­cal news­pa­per here.

Si­nas clar­i­fied that what he said was that the PRO 7 is will­ing to in­ves­ti­gate if there are po­lice­men who are ac­cused of be­ing hit­men by drug per­son­al­i­ties.

"Th­ese sto­ries that po­lice­men are in­volved in the spate of killings are all ru­mors. I did not say th­ese ac­cu­sa­tions are con­clu­sive and def­i­nite," Si­nas said.

Si­nas said the PRO 7 have yet to find ev­i­dence to prove the ex­is­tence of gun-for-hire po­lice­men.

Al­bay­alde said the PNP is tak­ing ex­cep­tion to th­ese al­le­ga­tions, say­ing that such il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties are not be­ing tol­er­ated.

The PNP chief warned that erring po­lice­men will be meted with the full force of the law.

Si­nas ad­vised the pub­lic to re­view the in­ter­view to set­tle the mat­ter.

“What hap­pened was lost in trans­la­tion. I re­viewed the in­ter­view, I spoke in Bisaya. I said “basin” which means maybe. So noth­ing is ab­so­lute,” Si­nas ex­plained.

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