MANILA - The National Police Commission (Napolcom) on Tuesday said it has withdrawn the deputation authority of Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo over local police after he was tagged as the mastermind behind the killing of AKO Bicol partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe.
The withdrawal, which would bar Baldo from giving orders to police officers in his town, was issued by Interior Secretary Eduardo Año in a resolution dated January 7.
In a statement, Napolcom Vice-Chair Rogelio Casurao said Baldo committed abuse of authority, provided material support to criminal elements, and engaged in acts inimical to national security or "which negate the effectiveness of the peace and order campaign."
"Mayor Baldo committed abuse of authority for the employment of confidential staff under fictitious names which is a blatant disregard of existing rules and regulations," he said.
"His act of utilizing a private armed group in contract killing as a gun-for-hire syndicate is clearly an act of providing material support to criminal elements, with the same likewise constituting engagement in an act which negates the effectiveness of the peace and order campaign."
All six gunmen allegedly involved in Batocabe's slay are currently in police custody and have named the same mastermind, police said Saturday.
Police earlier tagged Baldo as the "mastermind" behind the crime but he has denied the allegation.
Batocabe was shot dead on Dec. 22 after he attended a gift-giving event in Daraga, where he was planning to challenge reelectionist Baldo for the mayoralty.
His security escort was also killed in the incident, while several senior citizens who took part in the program were wounded.
The Department of Justice earlier Tuesday said it has issued an immigration lookout bulletin order against Baldo and 8 others tagged in Batocabe's slay.
-- With a report from Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News