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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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Querol, SP dialog set

A no hold-holds-barred dialog is expected to take place tomorrow between members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental and Chief Supt. Cipriano Querol, regional police director of Western Visayas, on the suspension of the authority of Mayor Melecio Yap over the Escalante police by the National Police Commission.

Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr. yesterday said it will be a closed door meeting.

Also expected to attend the executive session are Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan, provincial police director, Col. Oscar Lactao, commanding officer of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, and other military and police officials assigned in Negros Occidental.

It was the confidential report of Querol and the investigations of Napolcom regional director Honey Paredes, that was the basis for the Napolcom, chaired by Interior and Local Government secretary Jesse Robredo, to suspend the administrative and operational control of Yap over the Escalante police.

Querol had also stripped Yap of his three police escorts, who were re-assigned to Iloilo, two months ago, for unknown reasons.

The provincial council of Negros Occidental had earlier passed a resolution, inviting Querol to a closed door meeting with provincial board members, to shed light on the case.

The Negros Occidental mayors, Bayan Muna partylist Rep. Neri Colmenares, Gustilo, SP members and the Association of Barangay Captains in Escalante, Carmelite priests and militant groups have expressed support for Yap, who cried foul over his suspension, saying he was denied due process.

In its order to Yap, the Napolcom cited the numerous extra-judicial killings in Escalante City, and his alleged close association with the NPA.

Guisihan, however, said that , in the absence of guidelines from the Napolcom for the suspension of the deputation of Yap, he continues to has administrative and operational control of the Escalante police.* GPB

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