Chief Inspector Romeo Vargas was replaced Saturday as police chief of Sipalay City in Negros Occidental, after serving as station commander for one year and six months.
Vargas was temporary replaced by Chief Inspector Nasser Canja in acting capacity.
National Mines and Allied Workers Union leader Arnel Araneta Saturday complained that the Sipalay police intercepted two of their trucks carrying scrap iron from the defunct Maricalum Mining Corp. without legal basis.
The scrap iron was part of the MMC levied items in favor for the workers of the defunct firm, he said.
The Sipalay police said they held the trucks on orders of provincial and regional police officials who instructed them to do so through text messages, Araneta said.
The relief of Vargas as Sipalay City police chief took place after two truckloads of scrap iron allegedly taken from the former Maricalum Mining Company compound, were intercepted Saturday by the police in Brgys. Canturay and Mambarotol in Sipalay City.
Troopers of the Negros Occidental Provincial Mobile Force Company, led by Police Inspector Thurslie Castillo, while conducting a checkpoint, at the junction road of Brgy. Canturay, Sipalay City, intercepted a Foton dump truck driven by Jerry Barbecho loaded with assorted scrap metals, allegedlytaken from the compound of G-Holdings Inc.
The truck load of scrap metals was brought back and voluntarily parked by the driver at Post Number 1 of GHI, according to the Sipalay police.
Two hours later, the police also intercepted a Canter truck loaded with scrap iron and driven by Ranny Sumalili in Brgy. Mambaroto, Sipalay City. The truckand its cargo are now in the custody of the Sipalay police, for safekeeping.
Vargas is among the police officials facing charges before the Ombudsman, in connection with the problem of ownership of the scrap iron at the former MMC compound in Brgy. San Jose, Sipalay City.*GPB
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