TANAUAN CITY- Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili on Saturday expressed disappointment over the mass transfer of local police officers to Binangonan town in Rizal for their alleged poor performance in the anti-drug campaign.
Halili said Batangas Regional Police Director Chief Superintendent Mao Aplasca may have received erroneous information on how the police officers fared in their duty.
This after Aplasca attributed the transfer order to the officers' “zero accomplishment in the campaign against illegal drugs.”
Among those reassigned to Binangonan on May 16 were one police official and 83 non-commissioned officers, including Halili's three close-in security officers.
"General Aplasca might have been fed the wrong information, and I would like to set the record straight in deference to the city’s previous police chiefs who have performed remarkably well” Halili said.
To prove this, Halili presented a report submitted by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) summarizing commitments made at the city’s jail facilities from July of last year until May 3, 2017.
The figures reflected drug-related arrests made by Tanuaun police.
"Of the total 308 individuals, 241 or 78% were arrested on drug-related offenses and were led in filing appropriate charges in the city’s different courts," the mayor said.
He said he has been pursuing a consistent campaign against illegal drugs, even getting into trouble with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for enforcing the "Walk of Shame" for suspects in 2014.
Under this controversial practice, the Mayor required that arrested crime suspects be paraded at the city’s public market.
“Since I took office in 2013, I have been relentless in the crusade to rid Tanauan City of this drug menace and other rogue elements and I was constantly under the CHR’s guns for doing the ‘walk of shame’ on criminals,” Halili said.
“I am all-out in my support to the PNP’s initiatives, but I also have to speak out and clear [up] any wrong impression thrown at our local police,” the mayor added.