‘No proof of cops receiving
illegal gambling payolas’
No evidences have been found against policemen from Bacolod City and Negros Occidental accused of receiving illegal gambling payolas, based on their initial investigation, Police Regional Office-6 Director, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., said yesterday.
Cruz said the allegations of former Regional Special Operations Group member, Police Officer 2 Richard Delasa, are apparently only hearsay because he failed to present proof against the policemen.
However, he said, the accused policemen have not yet been exonerated because, once Delasa presents concrete evidences against them, the PRO-6 will conduct a reinvestigation.
Reports indicate that some of the policemen accused by Delasa have already been relieved, or reassigned.
Cruz, however, said that if it is true, then their relief was due to the ongoing reshuffling of police officials in Western Visayas, and not to the allegations of Delasa.
He urged those who also want to expose irregularities against policemen to show proof, otherwise they will be treated only as rumors.
Delasa, who has been tagged as absent without leave since October, filed a complaint against his colleagues before the Department of Interior and Local Government, with the help of Archbishop Oscar Cruz.*APN
3 NPA members surrender
Three alleged members of the New People's Army surrendered to the Philippine Army in Sigma, Capiz, Monday, the military reported yesterday.
Capt. Ryan Joseph Cayton of the 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division in Capiz identified them as Joecel Labanza “alias Ka Jacky/Nhene,” a medical officer of the Igabon Platoon, Komiteng Rehiyon-Panay; Precy Ortiz “alias Ka Leah”, under commander Rhea from Montalban, Rizal; and Leo Glorian “alias Ka Rio”, finance and logistic officer of the Tugalbong Platoon, KR-P.
Cayton said too much hardship in the mountains, the unfulfilled promises of the NPA hierarchy, and the concern of the returnees for their families, drove the rebel cadres to give themselves up before soldiers of the 3ID.
He said Maj. Gen. Jose Mabanta, commanding general of the 3ID based in Camp Macario Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz, assured the returnees of government assistance while they are in the process of relocation, and livelihood training programs.*PNA