By Ali Macabalang
MARAWI CITY – Local officials appealed to the Philippine National Police (PNP) leadership to stop the practice of reassigning erring Metro Manila police officers to Mindanao, following the arrival on Wednesday of two Mandaluyong City police officers caught on camera physically abusing local ordinance violators.
Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) police director, turned over P01 Jose Jolious Iguiron Tandog and PO1 Chito Pagdanganan Enriquez to Lanao del Sur OIC-police director Senior Supt. Jhon Guyguyon at the provincial police headquarters here around 2 p.m. Wednesday .
PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa ordered the deployment of Tandog and Enriquez to this city in order to test their aggressiveness against local terrorists.
“Erring cops should be sued administratively. What they need is to face accountability not temporary punishment. It’s quite offensive to treat us like trash bin for abusive cops. And to use the Marawi crisis as a (place for) punishment is both insensitive and disrespectful,” Lanao del Sur Assemblyman Zia Alonto-Adiong said via Facebook.
Last March, at least 109 rogue police officers from Metro Manila were deployed in Basilan, purportedly to help in rescue operations in the flood-hit city of Lamitan.
ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman had cried foul over such deployment, saying it bespoke of transforming the autonomous region into a “dump site” for rogue cops.
Both Marawi and Lamitan cities are component areas of the ARMM.
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