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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



05 December 2018 12:19:36 PM

The House Committee on Public Order and Safety, chaired by Rep. Romeo Acop (2nd District, Antipolo City), on Tuesday began its inquiry on the alleged injustice made by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Head and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Acting Secretary Catalino Cuy against Zamboanga del Sur Governor Antonio Cerilles. The probe was conducted on the basis of Privilege Speech No. 301 on the withdrawal of deputization of the Governor delivered by Rep. Aurora Enerio Cerilles (2nd District, Zamboanga del Sur). Acop noted that NAPOLCOM carried it out based on a confidential report of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA). Governor Cerilles told the panel that he has already inquired with the NICA and the DILG about the confidential report and even sent them a letter requesting for a copy of the confidential report. Conversely, there was an admission from Cuy that the Governor was not provided with a copy of the report, and was deprived of his right to due process.

Stressing that the NAPOLCOM neglected its own protocols, Acop called on the Commission to evaluate and thoroughly validate all complaints or reports forwarded to it. House Members who posed their queries included Deputy Majority Leader Rodante Marcoleta (Party-list, SAGIP), Reps. Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan), Joseph Stephen Paduano (Party-list, ABANG LINGKOD), Edgar Mary Sarmiento (1st District, Samar), Makmod Mending Jr. (Party-list, AMIN), Divina Grace Yu (1st District, Zamboanga del Sur), Ben Evardone (Lone District, Eastern Samar), Strike Revilla (2nd District, Cavite), Raul Del Mar (1st District, Cebu City), and Scott Davies LaƱete M.D. (3rd District, Masbate). | Gilbert Engay/Molie Gonzales