Bacolod cops deny protecting jai-alai operators

BACOLOD CITY, May 7 (PNA) — Supt. Armando Tubongbanua, the spokesperson of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), denied allegations that seven of their unit commanders, including the former head of their Special Operations Group, act as protectors of jai-alai operators in the metro.

Tubongbanua issued the statement Tuesday following the order of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to investigate the accusations against the high ranking police officials.

In fact, the National Bureau of Investigation Director Atty. Nonnatus Caesar Rojas has issued a memorandum to that effect on April 8 but was only made public on Monday.

The order for investigation also include the alleged “terroristic plot” that congressional candidate Mayor Evelio Leonardia would do to insure victory this coming election.

De Lima’s order stemmed from the letter-complaint and other documents her office received from Leonardia’s rival reelectionist Congressman Anthony Golez using certain Nicolas Enriquez as source.

The same information was also forwarded by Golez to Election Chairman Sixto Brillantes on April 10.

The BCPO’s station commanders involved were Supt. Santiago Rapiz, former head of BCPO’s Special Operations Group Chief Insp. Adonis Rosales of Station 4, Senior Insp. Riche Gohee of Station 5, Senior Insp. Noel Polines of Station 6, Chief Insp. Levy Pangue of Station 1, Senior Insp. Jerick Filiosofo of Station 8 and Chief Insp. Terence Sta. Ana of Station 10.

Enriquez claimed that the seven police officials were in the payroll of illegal gambling operators.

He also claimed that the station commanders were receiving P10,000 weekly while Rapiz receives P30,000 daily.

But Tubongbanua belied the allegations saying those were baseless and fabricated.

He then reiterated his trust to police officials in hot water and challenged the source to come out and prove his claims.

Polines, one of the officials involved in the controversy, maintained that he is innocent.

He stressed that he is not the type of policeman who ventures in such illegal activities.

Rapiz, on his part, also said that if he is receiving P30,000 daily, he should have been rich by now but he is not.

He also said that he will not transfer from BCPO to Negros Occidental Provincial Office where is presently assigned.

Meanwhile, Leonardia said the accusations against him were contrary to reality.

“This is something that has never happened in Bacolod politics before. It is a masterpiece of a spin doctor,” he said.

Leonardia likewise dared Golez to produce Enriquez so people will know if he really exist or just a person of his imagination. (PNA)



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