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Latest News Philippines: Roxas relieves Region 4A Director – Journal.com.ph:
DEPARTMENT of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas yesterday relieved the director of Police Regional Office (PRO) 4A shortly after Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Pusima relieved 14 members and head of Regional Special Operation Group (RSOG) in line with the sudden death of two leaders of the Ozamis robbery group.
In a press briefing held yesterday in Camp Crame, Roxas relieved Calabarzon police director Chief Supt. Benito Estipona pending investigation.
Replacing Estipona as officer in charge of PRO4A is Sr. Supt Jesus Gatchalian, former provincial director of Batangas and Mindoro Oriental.
In line with this, Roxas named Director General Catalino Cuy as lead investigator of a task force conducting investigation on what really transpired during the day when Ricky “Kambal” Cadavero and his sub-leader Wilfredo Panogalinga, alias Kulot, were killed in what police called rescue attempt of their comrades in San Pedro, Laguna, last Monday.
Earlier, Purisima ordered the administrative relief of all police escorts of the two high-risk criminals including their immediate commanders.
Relieved were RSOG Chief Danilo Mendoza, PSI Manuel M. Magat, PSI Fernando T. Cardona, PI Efren B. Oco, SPO1 Joseph P. Ortega, SPO1 Jayson L. Semacas, PO3 Sherwin Bulan, PO3 Ramil P. Gonzales, PO3 Marvin R. Mejia, PO3 Eduardo M. Cruz, all members of RSOG; PO2 Conrado R. Bautista, PO2 Exiel P. Reyes, PO2 Kristofferson D. Reyes, PO1 Ryan Rey P. Gado, all from Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB).
Roxas said there’s a lot of things that should be clarified behind the death of Cadavero and Panogalinga, saying he believed that a big syndicate was behind the killing.
“Kaduda-duda ang pangyayaring ito, napakalaking sindikato ang nasa likod nito at ninais nilang patahimikin ang mga ito,” Roxas said.
In line with this, Roxas assured the public that they will conduct on in-depth investigation and will punish anyone who is found liable in the incident.
The DILG chief also admitted that there were violations made from the time the two suspects were transported to the Cavite Prosecutors’ Office for inquest and how they handled them.
Among these violations were why instead of bringing them directly to the Bureau of Corrections (Bucor), they were transported to Cavite for inquest?
Why only 14 escorts were assigned to secure them? Why they boarded ordinary police vehicles instead the BUCOR.
It can be recalled that the two were shot by their police escorts when they allegedly tried to grabbed their escorts’ firearm during the rescue attempt of their fellow members of the dreaded group.
“As the chief and father of the Philippine National Police, I am saddened by the incident, knowing how hard we worked to locate and recapture these fugitives,” the Chief PNP said.
“We will leave no stone unturned in this investigation. We assure the public that this will be fair and the results will be made known as soon as possible,” he said.
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