COTABATO CITY - Police Senior Superintendent Raul Supiter has been recalled from his post in Cotabato City, effective Wednesday.
However, Chief Superintendent Noel Armilla, director of Police Regional Office 12, clarified in a phone interview that Supiter was not placed in a floating status and was not relieved from his post.
Senior Superintendent Roberto Badian, deputy director regional director for operations, was sent to Cotabato City to perform the official duty of the highest police official in the city.
"Parang ako, as higher official, sabi ko tabi ka na muna ako naman ang magtatrabaho, but he will still stay there. ’Yun lang may parang supervisory, mag-ooversee. Lahat ng decision at gagawin, he needs to know; manggagaling sa kanya ang order," Armilla said.
The regional director said the order came from the PNP's headquarters in Camp Crame.
He said reports have been sent to the headquarters regarding shooting incidents and other criminalities in Cotabato City and that City Director Supiter allegedly does not have control.
More than 15 shooting incidents were recorded since January. Most of the cases took place amid the implementation of the Comelec gun ban.
"We are still validating those reports kaya nga ginawa natin ito. Galing sa Crame yun, nagtanong sa akin kung ano ba ang nangyayari sa Cotabato, bakit may mga ganon na report? Ang sabi, ayusin 'yung sitwasyon dito," Armilla added.
Supiter was designated city director in November 2015. He replaced Senior Superintendent Rex Anongos who was relieved two months after being designated as the city police director.
Supiter led various operations in Cotabato City, which led to the arrests of high-valued targets.
Last week, 10 individuals believed to be engaged in illegal drug trade were arrested by the PNP. Four individuals were also apprehended with murder and frustrated murder charges.