DAANBANTAYAN, Cebu- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday relieved all police officers, including the chief, of the Daanbantayan Police Station, citing their poor performance in the anti-drug campaign.
Central Visayas Police director Chief Supt. Debold Sinas said the move was prompted by station's the low accomplishment rating when it comes to handling drug-related offenses.
President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier tagged the town's mayor Vicente Loot, a former police official, in the drug trade. He has denied the allegations.
Sinas said the Daanbantayan Police Station only recorded 11 drug-related operations in 2018.
The sacked police officers met with Sinas Saturday morning for their new assignments. They also underwent drug testing.
Relieved Daanbantayan chief of police Senior Insp. Adrian Nalua admitted that they could have been more aggressive in their operations against illegal drugs.
Nalua will be reassigned to the police station in Oslob town and will be replaced by Chief Insp. William Homoc, who brought with him 28 new police officers from the Regional Public Safety Battalion.
Other relieved police officers, meanwhile, will be assigned to the Regional Public Safety Battalion for a month-long "Moral Recovery Program."
The reshuffling of police officers comes a day before the start of the election period in the country.