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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, April 15, 2013
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Relief of 4 cop chiefs halted

The Police Regional Office-6 held in abeyance the relief of four police chiefs in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental ordered removed earlier from their post by Chief PNP Alan Purisima for alleged rampant illegal gambling in their areas, police records said yesterday.

PRO-6 Director Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz ordered the return to their posts yesterday of Chief Inspectors Adonis Rosales of Bacolod Police Station 4 and Frankie Jingle Lugo of Murcia Town and Senior Inspectors Richie Gohee of Bacolod Police Station 5 and Romeo Vargas of La Castellana town.

In his order dated April 12, 2013, Cruz said the police chiefs should stay in their posts while their anti-illegal gambling performances are being validated by the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management and Directorate for Intelligence.

On April 7, Purisima ordered the relief of four police chiefs through one-strike policy after other PNP units allegedly conducted anti-illegal gambling operations in their area without their participation.

Bacolod City Police Officer-in-charge Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel appealed against the relief of Gohee and Rosales, saying that the two are performing well in as far as the anti-illegal gambling drive is concerned.

Negros Occidental Provincial police Officer-in-charge Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz stressed that the relief of Lugo and Vargas should be considered null and void since the raids in their areas were conducted before they assumed as police chiefs.

With the retention of Gohee as Bacolod Station 5 chief, Oraniel said, he will also reinstall Senior Insp. Robert Dejucos, whom he had designated as Gohee’s temporary replacement, as Bacolod Police Station 2 chief.*APN

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