MANILA — A police official who snatched the cellphone of a journalist covering the Black Nazarene's Traslacion in January has been promoted, the Philippine National Police said Friday.
Brig. Gen. Nolasco Bathan moved up as deputy regional director for operations of the Metro Manila Police, the unit's second highest post.
The erstwhile chief of the Southern Police District was promoted because he was "the next in line in seniority," PNP Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac told ABS-CBN News.
GMA-7 reporter Jun Veneracion had accused Bathan of snatching his phone and deleting a video of policemen's scuffle with devotees in the Jan. 9 Traslacion.
Bathan initially denied that he deleted the clip, later apologized and cited public security to justify his act.
Banac said he had no update on the Internal Affairs Service's investigation into the incident.