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EdPam, 3 other CL mayors stripped of police powers
Napolcom order covers 18 local execs allegedly involved in drugs
By Ashley Manabat

Nov 09, 2017

ANGELES CITY – Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and three other mayors from Central Luzon were among a list of 19 local executives that were stripped of their supervision and control over the police in their respective jurisdictions for their alleged involvement in illegal drugs.

In resolutions signed by Interior and Local Government officer-in-charge and National Police Commission (Napolcom) chairman Catalino Cuy on October 30, those stripped of powers aside from Pamintuan were Central Luzon mayors Andres Lacson of Concepcion, Tarlac; Jeff erson Khonghun of Subic, Zambales; and Erlon Agustin of Camiling, Tarlac.

The others are Zamboanga del Sur Governor Antonio Cerilles; Sinacaban, Misamis Oriental Mayor Crisinciano Mahilac; Lopez Jaena, Misamis Occidental Mayor Michael Gutierrez; Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental Mayor Donjie Animas; Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental Mayor Jason Almonte; Concepcion , Misamis Occidental Mayor Juanidy Viña; Calamba, Misamis Occidental Mayor Ezel Villanueva; Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte Mayor Ferdinand Aguinaldo; Ronda, Cebu Mayor Mariano Blanco; Santo Niño, South Cotabato Mayor Pablo Matinong Jr; Libungan, North Cotabato Mayor Christopher Cuan; Banga, South Cotabato Mayor Albert Palencia; Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur Mayor Leonida Angcap; El Nido, Palawan Mayor Niever Cabunalda- Rosento; and Bataraza, Palawan Mayor Abraham Ibba.

Calls to Pamintuan for the mayor’s comments on the issue were unreturned until press time. A text message sent to Punto however carried Pamintuan’s text message to Napolcom, to wit: “Napolcom need not be reckless so as not impugn innocent govt officers, and investigate fully and if ever they have any evidence to file the case instead of abruptly releasing such report.”

The mayor’s spokesman, Jay Pelayo IV, told Punto! that Pamintuan had already met with President Duterte two weeks ago.

“He was cleared by no less than the President,” Pelayo said. Pamintuan, according to Pelayo, had advised that the Napolcom should not be reckless in coming up with reports and proper investigation should be made first. “If the evidence is strong, then charges should be fi led,” Pelayo quoted Pamintuan as saying then.

Pelayo said the President had many times cleared Pamintuan of alleged involvement in illegal drugs. Pamintuan is also the president of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP).

Signatories

The others who signed the resolutions were Napolcom vice chairman and executive officer Rogelio Casurao; and commissioners Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa, Felizardo Serapio Jr., Job Mangete, and Zenonida Brosas.

According to reports, Napolcom has already served the orders to the officials’ respective offices.

The resolutions stated after continuous validation by the intelligence agencies concerned, the local chief executives have been identified as engaged in illegal drug trade or activities.

“The exercise of the duties, obligations, powers, and prerogatives vested unto the foregoing local chief executives as Napolcom deputy under Section 51 (b) of RA 6975 as amended are hereby suspended accordingly,” the resolutions stated.

The report said, “Based on the consistent pronouncements made by our Chief Executive President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in his campaign against illegal drugs, the involvement of a local chief executive in illegal drug activity constitutes an act inimical to national security.”

The resolutions said the alleged involvement in illegal drugs of the local officials negated the effectiveness of the peace and order campaign and thus serves as a valid ground for suspension or withdrawal of deputation of Napolcom representatives.



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