Wednesday, March 14, 2018
ILOILO City – The police chief of La Paz district may find himself in trouble for an unimpressive campaign against illegal drugs.
Senior Inspector Rey Sumagaysay’s policemen arrested only two out of 11 target drug suspects from Dec. 5, 2017 to March 5, 2018, data from the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) showed.
ICPO director Senior Superintendent Henry Biñas ordered Sumagaysay to explain this lackluster performance.
“If there is basis to relieve him, we will do it,” said Biñas. “I always remind police chiefs to double their efforts.”
Overall, the ICPO recorded 35 arrests (high-value targets) from Dec. 5, 2017 to March 5, 2018.
The Mandurriao police station had the most number of arrests (nine) followed Molo and Arevalo police stations (five each).
Sumagaysay told Panay News they had only two arrests because most of their targets already left La Paz or voluntarily surrendered.
“But we are trying to locate those who left La Paz,” said Sumagaysay.
Last year, Chief Superintendent Cesar Hawthorne Binag, regional police director, relieved 19 police chiefs for having few drug-related arrests.
Of the 19 police chiefs, nine were from Iloilo province, six from Capiz, three from Aklan and one from Antique.
Those relieved were the chiefs of police of Altavas, Lezo, and Numancia in Aklan; Bugasong in Antique ; Sigma, Dumarao, Maayon, Mabusao, Pilar, and President Roxas in Capiz; and Alimodian, Anilao, Barotac Viejo, Dingle, Dumangas, Igbaras, Janiuay, Lemery, and San Dionisio in Iloilo./PN