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Relief of police chief
illegal, mayor says

Moises Padilla Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo has called the relief and transfer of Chief Inspector Joshua Villasis from the Moises Padilla Police Station to Police Regional Office 6 “illegal”, and claimed it could be the basis for an anti-graft and administrative case against those who ordered his removal from his position.

In her letter to the PNP chief, Director General Ricardo Marquez, Yulo said the local officials of Moises Padilla and other concerned groups are ready to file appropriate criminal, administrative and civil cases before the Ombudsman and the courts, if necessary.

Villasis, who was re-assigned to PRO 6 in Iloilo, was replaced by Senior Inspector Hector Balbon as Moises Padilla police officer-in-charge on March 21.

Senior Supt. William Señoron, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, yesterday clarified that the transfer of Villasis to PRO 6 was ordered by Camp Crame.

In the letter of Yulo, a copy of which was furnished to the Visayan DAILY STAR, she claimed that the transfer of Villasis is a violative act as it took place during the election period, which is from January 10 to June 8 this year and in violation of the Comelec Resolutions Nos. 9981 dated Aug. 15, 2015, and 10030 dated Dec. 22, 2015.

More importantly, Yulo said, Villasis has excelled in his performance as chief of police by cracking down on the various criminal elements in Moises Padilla, she added.

Citing Comelec Resolution No. 10030, Señoron said the Comelec en banc has exempted the PNP, among other government agencies, from the ban on hiring or transferring personnel during election period, as long as they are essential to the proper functioning of offices concerned.

Aside from Villasis and Balbon, also transferred and given new assignments during the election period were Senior Inspector Bonifacio Aral as officer-in-charge of the EB Magalona police, Chief Inspector Arnold Mesias – Cauayan police officer-in-charge, Chief Inspector Alan Gary Resuma- Hinigaran police chief, Senior Inspector Mark Anthony Karanain, Chief Inspector Lino Dalisay, Supt. Frederick Mead, Inspectors Junji Liba and Norman Bravo, while the relief order of Supt. Santiago Rapiz as Victorias City police chief was nullified, police records show.

The stand of Yulo in opposing the relief of Villasis as Moises Padilla police officer-in-charge was supported by the Liga ng mga Barangay headed by Jose Marcelino Garcia, school heads and teachers of Moises Padilla, barangay kagawads and concerned citizens, who affixed their signatures, on the petition.

Garcia, in a resolution of the Liga ng mga Barangay, said that Villasis eliminated 80 percent of the proliferation of illegal drugs in the town, during his incumbency as police chief.

Removing him from Moises Padilla will cause undue injury to the people and is in violation of the anti-graft and corrupt practices act, considering his effectiveness, Yulo said.

It is obvious that Chief Inspector Villasis has performed his job with excellence, Yulo said, adding that he (Villasis) cannot be unceremoniously removed outright from his station without any basis or valid reasons, or informing her, the Sangguniang Bayan and the barangay officials.*GPB



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