Cop denies 'raid' on Robredo's condo
MANILA, Philippines – Superintendent Oliver Tanseco denied on Friday that his group tried to access the condominium unit and offices of the late Interior and Local Secretary Jesse Robredo last August 19, a day after Robredo’s plane crashed off Masbate.
Tanseco, who was tagged as one of the policemen who accompanied Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno in the alleged raid, said they went to Robredo’s condo and offices under instructions from the President.
In an interview with dzMM, Tanseco said a meeting was held in Camp Crame the night of Robredo’s plane crash and was attended by Puno, Philippine National Police chief Dir. Gen. Nicanor Bartolome, DILG Usec. Austere Panadero, and several members of Robredo’s management team.
During the meeting, Tanseco claimed he heard Puno receive a call from President Aquino, who ordered a lockdown on Robredo's condo and offices.
Tanseco said a lockdown was ordered to ensure that confidential documents are secured and Robredo’s belongings will not be lost.
He confirmed that he accompanied Puno to Robredo’s condo in Tomas Morato on August 19, but stressed that they were merely acting on the President’s orders.
Tanseco also said he contacted Robredo’s assistant, Atty. Nina Rances, not to seek permission to enter the unit, but to inform her that policemen will be deployed to secure the unit.
He added that the group then visited the National Police Commission (Napolcom) headquarters, but they did not enter Robredo’s office.
Tanseco said Puno contacted Napolcom vice chair Ed Escueta to inform him of the President’s orders.
The Department of Justice has secured the classified documents kept by Robredo inside his condo unit.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima earlier said she personally picked up the “personal and official documents,” per the request of Robredo's wife, Atty. Maria Leonor Robredo. -- Report from Edwin Sevidal, dzMM