Local exec assails order against PNP deputation Print
Saturday, 15 July 2017 15:21

A Tawi Tawi municipal mayor is planning to question the move of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) to remove the administrative and operational control of some local executives in the ARMM over the police.

“What terrorism and drugs are they talking about? We do not have terrorists in our place.  We are not also facing a problem on drugs” Rahima A.Salih, Tandubas Mayor said.

Salih said reasons given by the NAPOLCOM in taking away from her the administrative and operational control over the police through deputation runs contrary to several awards given by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to the municipality on good governance and the recognition given by the Tawi Tawi Police Provincial Office for her administration’s support to the war on drugs.

“The reasons are very unfair.  It tainted our good name and our performance,” the mayor lamented.

“I cannot accept the reasons.  That is totally a lie.  My municipality is a terrorism and drug-free place,” Salih added.

Salih is one of numerous city, provincial and municipal chief executives in the ARMM who were stripped off of their deputation over the police for alleged failure to fight terrorism and drugs in their respective localities.

The mayor said that she does not mind being stripped off of her authority over the police if the reasons are true and valid.

“We will formally question this matter before the NAPOLCOM.  It is hurting our people,” the mayor said.

Many of the governors, city and municipal mayors who have been named in the NAPOLCOM order have already filed their formal complaint and opposition, saying the removal of their deputation contradicts the provisions in the PNP law.  (Al Alhabshi)