Taguig police chief denies being sacked

By Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Dec 06 2012 02:48 PM | Updated as of Dec 06 2012 10:48 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The chief of police of Taguig City on Thursday denied that he was relieved after being accused of recycling illegal drugs seized during police operations.

Sr. Supt. Tomas Apolinario insists he remains the chief of Taguig City Police despite Metro Manila police chief Leonardo Espina's announcement of his relief yesterday.

"Hindi ako relieved. Ako pa rin po ang chief of police ng Taguig Police station. Hindi pa kami relieved pero meron na silang investigating unit," Apolinario told dzMM.

The issue stemmed from PO3 Alexander Saez's claim that Apolinario ordered 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.

Saez also claimed Apolinario ordered policemen to produce two different police blotters to hide the rising number of crimes in the city.

"Iyan po ay isang malaking kasinungalingan at iyan po ay hindi totoo. Wala pong nangyayaring recycling dito sa Taguig at ng mga tauhan ko. Noong ako po ay umupo bilang chief of police noong 2010, very clear ang policy ng PNP at ng ating mayor na sugpuin ang droga at yan po ang aming ginawa," Apolinario told dzMM.

"Hindi po kami papayag na sirain ng isang iskalawag, isang questionable character ang Taguig City Police Station at lalo na ang Taguig City," he added.

Speaking to radio dzMM on Wednesday, 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 tsaka there is grave misconduct and serious irregularity cases, we have to take them out for the meantime while the investigation is ongoing," he said.

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