Taguig police chief axed after linked to drug 'recycling'

Posted at 12/05/2012 12:12 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Metro Manila police chief Leonardo Espina has ordered the sacking of Taguig police chief Senior Superintendent Tomas Apolinario Jr. and several of his men after being linked to the recycling of seized narcotics.

Speaking to radio DZMM, Espina said the relief order was done as a matter of procedure due to the seriousness of the allegations against Apolinario and his men.

"As a matter of policy and procedure for serious allegations atsaka there is grave misconduct and serious irregularity cases, we have to take them out for the meantime while the investigation is ongoing," he said.

He said the police officers, as well as their accuser, will be assigned temporarily to the regional personnel holding and administrative unit.

In his sworn statement, PO3 Alexander Saez accused Apolinario of ordering elements of the Station Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force of the Taguig police to arrest drug pushers outside their area of jurisdiction and then selling the seized drugs to drug pushers in Taguig City.

He said Apolinario ordered police men to produce 2 different blotters to hide the rising number of crimes in the city.

"Tumataas ang crime rate sa Taguig, pero sa halip na maaksiyunan ito, pinapagawa sa istasyon ang pagkakaroon ng dalawang blotter para mapagtakpan ang maraming krimeng nagaganap sa amin at palabasing maayos at tahimik sa Taguig," he said. Report by Arnell Ozaeta, radio dzMM