Capa liable for insubordination?

By Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 20 2014 04:39 PM | Updated as of Mar 21 2014 12:39 AM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) is looking into the possibility of Police Senior Superintendent Conrado Capa being liable for insubordination after complaining about his transfer from Task Force Tugis to Cebu.

They also refused to categorically say if Capa's actions would adversely impact his eventual promotion as chief superintendent.

In answer to media's queries, they said the PNP had in place an internal grievance mechanism - something Capa did not use when he went public about his complaints.

They said they were looking into Capa's actions as well as the validity of his grievances.

Capa earlier described as an injustice his transfer as Task Force Tugis head to the position of Deputy Regional Director for Operations of PNP Region 7.

News of Capa's transfer came less than a week after the task force captured fugitive businessman Delfin Lee. Lee is accused of using ghost borrowers and fake documents to obtain P6.65 billion in loans from Pag-IBIG Fund in 2009.

Some quarters have noted that Capa's transfer sets a bad precedent amid claims by Vice-President Jejomar Binay that "influential persons" tried to set Lee free.

Before flying off to Cebu for his regional assignment, Capa told ANC's Headstart that his transfer is not a promotion since he would not be given a higher rank.

"It's inaccurate to say I was promoted. That's why I had an outburst last Thursday. I was just transferred. My rank will stay as senior superintendent or colonel," he said.

He also said PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima has yet to congratulate him for Lee's arrest last March 6.

He said his past achievements qualify him to be a general, and that Lee's arrest is just icing on the cake.

The PNP, however, said Capa is not yet eligible to assume the rank of police chief superintendent, which is equivalent to a one-star general position in the military.

PNP hierarchy dictates that an officer would first have to serve as Deputy District Director for Operations (DDDO) for six months to become eligible for the higher position of Deputy Director for Administration (DDDA).

Only then will the officer be eligible for promotion as chief superintendent after undergoing a review process.

Capa was given a deputy regional director for operations (DRDO) position in Cebu, which Purisima said was for Capa's promotion.

Capa, however, was already serving as DDDO of the Southern Police District from January 11 to July 25 but was reassigned nine days before the completion of the six-month requirement to become DDDA.

Now, he will have to wait at least another three months before he can be eligible as DDDA.

Capa has refused to give a statement as of this posting.