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PRESS RELEASES 2018

 NAPOLCOM authorizes PNP Chief to promote 765 police officers

January 9, 2019

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recently approved the filling up of 765 promotional vacancies exclusively for the police officers who passed the NAPOLCOM Special Qualifying Examinations conducted on August 7, 2016, July 30, 2017 and May 27, 2018.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the Commission en banc approved Resolution No. 2018-767, dated December 20, 2018, granting the Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Police Director General Oscar D. Albayalde, the authority to fill up said promotional vacancies.

Vice-Chairman Casurao said that out of the 1,076 who passed the aforesaid NAPOLCOM special examinations, only 765 have satisfied all other requisites for regular promotion as validated by the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM).

The special quota promotion is intended exclusively for the 765 PNP uniformed personnel who passed the NAPOLCOM Special Qualifying Examinations conducted for the last three years.

“The Commission periodically conducts special examination for the purpose of giving police officers who are about to be attrited due to non-promotion the chance to be promoted by acquiring the appropriate eligibility,”  Atty. Casurao said

The 765 police officers who shall undergo the special quota promotion process are distributed by rank, as follows: for Police Chief Inspector (2); for Police Senior Inspector (1); for SPO4 (8); for SPO3 (1); for SPO1 (7); for PO3 (210); for PO2 (103); and for PO1 (433).

“The Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Members of the PNP Promotion Board, including the Head and Members of the Secretariat, who shall fail to strictly observe and comply with the rules and regulations on the selection and appointment of PNP uniformed personnel shall be dealt with accordingly,” Atty. Casurao said.

NAPOLCOM withdraws deputation and police power of Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

January 8, 2019

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) ordered the withdrawal of the deputation as NAPOLCOM Representative and the suspension of police power of Mayor Carlwyn Baldo of Daraga, Albay who was tagged as the mastermind in the assassination of AKO Bicol Partylist Representative Rodel Batocabe.

The NAPOLCOM en banc headed by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Eduardo M. Año issued Resolution No. 2019-014, dated January 7, 2019, which approved the withdrawal of the deputation of Mayor Baldo after he was identified as the principal behind the assassination of Congressman Batocabe, which also resulted in the death of his protective security, SPO2 Orlando Diaz, and the wounding of seven (7) bystanders on December 22, 2018 after the gift-giving activity for senior citizens at Barangay Burgos, Daraga, Albay.

As established in the investigation report of the Philippine National Police (PNP), which was based on the revelations made by the suspects and witnesses together with other pieces of evidence, Mayor Baldo masterminded the killing of Congressman Batocabe by utilizing the aid of six (6) individuals who turned out to belong to a private armed group employed by Mayor Baldo which is also involved in contract killing as gun for hire syndicate.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that Mayor Baldo violated three (3) of the four (4) grounds for the withdrawal of the NAPOLCOM deputation of local chief executives (LCEs): abuse of authority, providing material support to criminal elements, and engaging 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. 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.

The removal of the deputation power of Mayor Baldo was approved pursuant to the provisions of Section 65 of R.A. 8551 (PNP Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998) and NAPOLCOM Memorandum Circular No. 99-010, as amended by MC 2001-003, which prescribes the guidelines in the exercise of delegated powers of LCEs over the local police units as NAPOLCOM Deputies, and the procedures on the suspension/withdrawal and restoration of such deputation.

“The NAPOLCOM also ordered the suspension of the duties, obligations, powers and prerogatives vested upon Mayor Baldo as deputized NAPOLCOM representative,” Atty. Casurao said.

Under Section 51 (b) of R.A. 6975 (PNP Law) and Section 64 of R.A. 8551, LCEs are empowered to inspect police forces and units, conduct audit, and exercise other functions as may be authorized by the Commission.

NAPOLCOM formally withdraws deputation power of Guimbal, Iloilo Mayor Oscar Garin

January 7, 2019

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) formally ordered the withdrawal of the deputation as NAPOLCOM Representative and the suspension of police power of Guimbal, Iloilo Mayor Oscar Garin for abuse of authority.

The NAPOLCOM en banc headed by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Eduardo M. Año issued Resolution No. 2018-768, dated December 28, 2018, which approved the withdrawal of the deputation of Mayor Garin after he pointed a gun at PO3 Federico Macaya without valid and legal justification, while his son Iloilo Representative Richard Garin was mauling PO3 Macaya at around 3:30 a.m. on December 26, 2018 at Guimbal Public Plaza.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the utter disrespect to PO3 Macaya and the PNP as an institution by Mayor Oscar Garin and Rep. Richard Garin prompted the Office of the President to order the immediate investigation and filing of appropriate charges against the said officials.

He added that premised on the pronouncement made by the Office of the President, and pursuant to its authority to initiate a motu propio investigation of a local chief executive (LCE) for the purpose of determining the necessity of suspending or withdrawing the latter’s deputation, the Commission is convinced that Mayor Oscar Garin abused his authority as NAPOLCOM Deputy which serves as a valid ground to suspend or withdraw his deputation under Section 65 of Republic Act No. 8551 (PNP Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998). The other three (3) grounds are frequent unauthorized absences, engaging in acts inimical to national security or which negate the effectiveness of the peace and order campaign, and providing material support to criminal elements. 

“The withdrawal of Mayor Garin’s authority as deputized representative of the Commission is the most prudent action that the NAPOLCOM can take to ensure the credible and unbiased conduct of investigation on the mauling of PO3 Macaya,” Atty. Casurao said.

The removal of the deputation power of Mayor Garin was approved pursuant to the provisions of Section 65 of R.A. 8551 and NAPOLCOM Memorandum Circular No. 99-010, as amended by MC 2001-003, which prescribes the guidelines in the exercise of delegated powers of LCEs over the local police units as NAPOLCOM Deputies, and the procedures on the suspension/withdrawal and restoration of such deputation.

Atty. Casurao said that the NAPOLCOM also ordered the suspension of the duties, obligations, powers and prerogatives vested upon Mayor Garin as deputized NAPOLCOM representative. Under Section 51 (b) of R.A. 6975 (PNP Law) and Section 64 of R.A. 8551, LCEs are empowered to inspect police forces and units, conduct audit, and exercise other functions as may be authorized by the Commission.