Duterte fires Ba­colod cop chief

Tempo - - Front Page - By ARGYLL B. GEDUCOS (With a re­port from Martin Sadongdong)

Pres­i­dent Duterte has fired Ba­colod City chief of po­lice Se­nior Supt. Fran­cis Ebreo and four other po­lice­men for their al­leged in­volve­ment in il­le­gal drugs.

Mala­cañang said Duterte made the an­nounce­ment in a pri­vate event in a ho­tel in Ba­colod City the other day.

“I’d like to know if the chief of po­lice is here. If you are here kindly stand up be­cause you are fired as of this mo­ment,” Duterte said in a speech. "In your in­volve­ment in drugs and mak­ing the peo­ple of Ba­colod mis­er­able, I am re­liev­ing and dis­miss­ing you from the ser­vice as of now, Se­nior Supt. Fran­cis Ebreo," he added.

Ac­cord­ing to Mala­cañang, Duterte also an­nounced the dis­missal of four other po­lice of­fi­cers. "Then you have Supt. Tayuan...And Supt. Yatar...And there is Vic­tor Paulino, po­lice SI... Ma­ca­pa­gal, you are out," Duterte said.

Ac­cord­ing to Mala­cañang, the Pres­i­dent said the po­lice­men are pro­tect­ing the drug syn­di­cates in the city. "But these per­sons that I have men­tioned have some­thing to do with the in­ter­est of the city...you are pro­tect­ing, or you are in ca­hoots with the drug syn­di­cate in the city," Duterte said.

Mala­cañang said that Duterte has or­dered the sacked po­lice of­fi­cers to re­port to his of­fice this af­ter­noon.

Chief Supt. John Bu­lala­cao, di­rec­tor of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice 6, said yes­ter­day that he was shocked over the fir­ing of Ebreo. "Nag­u­lat din ako dahil hindi ko in­aasa­han na ito palang Ba­colod City po­lice ay may­roong mga re­ports na siya daw ay al­legedly en­abling the pro­lif­er­a­tion of il­le­gal drugs," Bu­lala­cao said.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion reach­ing Bu­lala­cao, Ebreo was al­legedly "pro­tect­ing" the com­mis­sioned and non-com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers of the Ba­colod City Po­lice who are said to be in­volved in the il­le­gal drug trade.

Bu­lala­cao said the in­for­ma­tion came from Duterte him­self.

The Western Visayas po­lice chief said Ebreo showed sat­is­fac­tory per­for­mance as the city po­lice's com­man­der. "Ako ay nanghi­hi­nayang dahil ma­g­a­l­ing siyang of­fi­cer at naayos niya 'yung disi­plina ng pulis dito sa Ba­colod City. Marami na­man siyang mga nag­ing ac­com­plish­ments kaya lang dahil sa re­port na ito kaya nagka­roon ng prob­lema," Bu­lala­cao ex­plained.

Aside from Ebreo, four other po­lice­men were sacked by Duterte – Supt. Al­lan Ma­ca­pa­gal, Supt. Richie Yatar, Supt. Narud­din Tayuan, and Se­nior Insp. Vic­tor Paulino.

Bu­lala­cao said not all of them are still in Ba­colod. Tayuan has been re-as­signed to Min­danao when Bu­lala­cao be­came the Western Visayas po­lice chief in June 2018.

"May mga re­ports ta­laga itong mga ito pero dahil nga wala pa kam­ing hawak na ebiden­sya ay naka­pag­ta­tra­baho pa sa amin," he stated.

Ebreo was re­placed by Se­nior Supt. Henry Bi­nas, the act­ing chief of the PRO-6 Re­gional Per­son­nel and Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment Divi­sion as the of­fi­cer-in-charge of the Ba­colod po­lice.

Ebreo and the four other sacked Ba­colod cops were or­dered trans­ferred to the PRO-6 Re­gional Per­son­nel Hold­ing and Ac­count­ing Unit, Bu­lala­cao said. "We will be con­duct­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion so that we can for­mally charge them ad­min­is­tra­tively and crim­i­nally," he added.

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