- Relieved Makati police chief now heads Pasay City Police Office
- NCRPO explained reorganization had nothing to do with recent complaints linking some policemen to illegal activities
- The PNP reinstates relieved police officers when cleared of any charges or liability
A former Makati police chief who was relieved from his post involving the arrest of four of his men in an alleged extortion case, was redesignated to a new position following a major reorganization among officers in the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).
In an Inquirer report, NCRPO spokesperson Kimberly Molitas said that Sr. Supt Dionisio Bartolome has been cleared of any liability. He was appointed Pasay police chief on Thursday.
Bartolome, along with Chief Inspector Oscar Pagulayan, the immediate supervisor of arrested P02 Herley Garcera, P02 Clarence Maynes, P01 Time Galzote and P01 Jeffrey Canete was also relieved last week from the Makati Police Office.
The four policemen were arrested by members of the Philippine National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force (PNP-CITF) in an entrapment operation in Pasay City on Tuesday night last week.
They allegedly abducted a businessman from his bike shop. The policemen released the businessman after receiving P100,000, but threatened to kill the victim and all members of his family if he will fail to produce another P100,000.
Molitas said the reorganization had nothing to do with recent complaints linking some policemen to illegal activities.
“As explained by NCRPO regional director Oscar Albayalde, officers are administratively relieved to give a freehand for any investigation. When liability is cleared we must give assignment to officers performing well,” Molitas added.
The Southern Police District director, Chief Supt. Tomas Apolinario, earlier said Bartolome and Pagulayan were relieved based on ‘command responsibility.’
Meanwhile, Senior Supt. Alexander Santos from the NCRPO Regional Operations Division was named Taguig police chief, replacing Senior Supt. Allen Ocden, who will now head the Navotas police.
Senior Supt. Dante Novicio, Navotas police chief, was appointed Muntinlupa police director in place of Senior Supt. Nicolas Salvador, who was appointed NCRPO operations and plans division acting chief.
Senior Supt. Lawrence Coop of the Pasay City police was named San Juan police chief, while Senior Supt. Audie Villacin became officer in charge of the Eastern Police District’s directorial staff unit.