MANILA, Philippines – A revamp of station commanders in the Manila Police District (MPD) has been announced by Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, following an alleged extortion and kidnapping incident involving Manila cops.
The revamp was initiated after five Korean tourists alleged that they were kidnapped by policemen and brought to the Station Anti-Illegal Drugs (SAID) unit of the MPD Station 3 where negotiations took place for their release.
Manila Police District Director Chief Supt. Alex Gutierrez also announced that SAID units have been dissolved so that only the MPD headquarters will have an anti-drug unit.
Effective Wednesday, February 22, Superintendent Ricardo Layug will be the head of MPD Station 3.
Layug will be replacing Col. James Afalla, who was relieved as station commander. Afalla will be recalled to the headquarters.
Supt. Ernesto V.Tendero, Jr. will be reassigned as commander of Station 2 while Supt. Marvyn Wynn Marcos will be transferred to Station 9.
Supt. Luis Francisco, formerly of the logistics division will be assigned to Station 10 while Supt. Jemar Modequillo will be moved to Station 5.
The following officials, meanwhile, have been retained: Supt. Mariano Tumalad, Station 1; Supt. Remigio Sedanto, Station 6; Supt. Roderick Mariano, Station 7; Supt. Frumencio Bernal, Station 8 and Supt. Ferdinand Quirante, Station 11.
Supt. Reynaldo Nava also maintained his position of traffic bureau chief while Supt. Edgardo Reyes is still mobile unit chief.