Cop who seized TV journalist’s phone during Traslacion 2020 promoted

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 08 2020 04:07 AM

A police official who seized the mobile phone of a TV reporter covering the Black Nazarene Traslacion this year has been promoted to a higher position despite drawing flak from the public.

Following the order from Philippine National Police Chief Archie Gamboa, Southern Police District chief Brig. Gen. Nolasco Bathan has been relieved from his post, and is now the new Deputy Regional Director for Operations at the National Capital Region Police Office.

Gamboa ordered on Friday the relief of a fresh batch of PNP officers, all being placed on floating status for various pending cases.

During the Black Nazarene Traslacion, TV journalist Jun Veneracion said in a social media post that Bathan snatched his phone and deleted the video of a scuffle between lawmen and devotees. Veneracion later restored the video and posted it on Facebook. 

Bathan apologized for his actions, saying it was meant to maintain peace and order. 

Secretary Eduardo Año reprimanded Bathan saying that the official shouldn’t have done that and said that they are conducting an investigation on the said matter.-With report from Raffy Sison Santos, ABS-CBN News