Pangasinan top cop sacked

Posted at 12/21/2012 11:15 AM | Updated as of 12/21/2012 5:11 PM

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Philippines – This province’s acting police director found himself on the chopping block yesterday, a week after Gov. Amado Espino was accused of receiving millions of pesos in jueteng payola.

Senior Superintendent Mariano Luis Verzosa Jr., who took over as OIC police director last July, was relieved from his post and transferred to the Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

His relief order was signed by Director Elpidio de Asis, personnel and records management chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Verzosa was replaced by Senior Superintendent Manolito Labrador, deputy director for operations of the Region 1 police, in an acting capacity.

Sources said the jueteng controversy had something to do with Verzosa’s relief. Other sources, however, said he lost his post as his daughter Ma. Andrea Verzosa-Meneses is running for re-election as councilor of this capital town.

Last week, Bugallon town Mayor Rodrigo Orduña, a confessed jueteng operator, surfaced and accused Espino of receiving protection money from the illegal numbers game. He subsequently filed a plunder case against Espino before the Office of the Ombudsman.