3 Negros police chiefs sacked due to 'swertres'

Posted at 06/07/12 9:53 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Three police chiefs in Negros Oriental were relieved from their posts for failing to stop an illegal numbers game in their respective jurisdictions.

Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo identified the sacked police officials as Chief Inspector Domeneciano Distrito Jr. of Tanjay City; Inspector Deogracias Lorico of Valencia town; and Inspector Romulos Delfin of Dauin town.

Robredo said the three were removed for failing to stop in their areas of responsibility the illegal numbers game “swertres,” which was patterned after the 3-digit lottery of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Robredo said the officials were sacked based on the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) “one strike” policy on chiefs of police who will be remiss in their duty to stop illegal gambling activities in their jurisdictions.

The PNP said under the policy, “a chief of police shall be relieved when two of his subordinate Police Community Precinct Commanders had been relieved under similar circumstances.”

A provincial or city director, meanwhile, will be relieved if at least three police chiefs under his command were sacked.

A regional director shall be axed when at least two subordinate provincial or city directors were relieved. - with a report from Johnson Manabat, dzMM