Chief Insp. Noel Polines, was removed from his post as station 6 commander yesterday by the Bacolod City Police Office acting officer-in-charge, Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel, after the death of an alleged recidivist who was shot in a disco.
Ordaniel said that, while the BCPO Investigation and Detective Management Branch is still investigating the case, Polines will be temporarily replaced by his deputy chief, Police Insp. Larry Teovisio, and will be assigned in the administration branch.
Polines told the DAILY STAR he welcomed the directive of Ordaniel for his relief, and that he believes the truth will always come out and those responsible for the escape of Manuel Ohera will be identified. Whatever lapses he had, he is willing to face the consequences, he said.
The investigation branch is still determining who neglected their duty and should be charged for the consequences, Ordaniel said.
The report Polines submitted to the BCPO on Monday stated that the detainee escaped at nighttime and the name of the duty desk officer, Police Officer 2 Matt Albaran, who was assigned as jailer was involved, police records show.
Polines said he filed charges against Albaran as he was the desk officer on duty during the escape of Ohera, who used the motorcycle of their investigator, whose name was withheld, in going to Brgy. 32, where he was shot.
Before the escape, the suspect dined with other policeman, in the kitchen of the station but afterwards, the police had no idea where he went, Polines said.
Ohera, who went to a disco in Brgy. 32 on May 23, sustained a gunshot wound on his neck and was brought to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, but died two days after, Ordaniel said.
Polines said Police Station 1 informed them, that an alleged detainee of their station was shot in Brgy. 32 and, after confirming it from Teovisio, he went to the hospital and attended to the needs of Ohera.
After knowing about the incident, Ordaniel issued a memorandum on May 28 ordering Polines to a report on the escape of Ohera, not later than June 3.
Ordaniel said, the failure of the station 6 to remit the suspect to Cavite, where the warrant of arrest for him had been issued, was not stated in the report Polines submitted.
Ordaniel said, he had no idea that the suspect was nabbed April 17 last year for rape charges on a warrant of arrest issued by Cavite Regional Trial Court, Branch 7, but he knew that Ohera was shot, after being informed by station 1, that an alleged detainee of station 6 was confined at the hospital.
Ordaniel said, the chief of police should remit the arrested person and return the warrant of arrest. The chief should also send a message through wire to the Police Regional Office-6, or to the police provincial headquarters, that the suspect is in their custody, he said.
Ordaniel added that if the chief did not receive any reply, the station will be responsible for sending the suspect to where the warrant was issued.
Ordaniel said the chief of police is responsible for undertakings of the station whether accomplishments or failures.
It is the second time Polines has been ordered to go on administrative relief, the first by the PRO-6 on May 2011, after the regional police Special Operations Group conducted anti-jai alai operations in his area without coordination from his policemen, police records show.*SGG