Provincial police director, Sr. Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, yesterday denied reports that a policeman in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, who had been arrested and charged for illegal possession of firearms and illegal drugs, was allowed outside his detention cell.
Text messages from concerned citizens reached Lawas late last week saying that PO2 Victorio Rizaldo was seen outside the Bayawan lock-up facility from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.
Chief Insp. Errol Garchitorena, chief of police of Bayawan, informed him that Rizaldo and other detainees were told to get out of the detention cell for a few hours Wednesday morning as it needed cleaning, Lawas said.
The detainees were under tight security and were told to stay within the premises of the police station, Lawas added. He thanked the citizenry for their concern issued cautioned against those trying to discredit the police, especially in Bayawan City.
Lawas reiterated that Rizaldo is being treated just like any other person facing criminal charges.
Rizaldo had been arrested with a civilian and a member of the Bayawan City police auxiliary, in an illegal drugs raid that also yielded a cache of high-powered firearms, ammunition, and explosives.
He also tested positive for the prohibited substance, methamphetamine hydrochloride, the main chemical ingredient of shabu.
Apart from the criminal complaints, Rizaldo is also facing administrative charges filed with the Philippine National Police Regional Office 7.*JFP
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