Over abuse of authority:Cerilles PNP deputation withdrawn Print
Thursday, 09 November 2017 16:57

The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has withdrawn the deputation of Zamboanga del Sur Governor Antonio Cerilles over the police under his jurisdiction in Zamboanga del Sur.

In a resolution dated October 30, 2017, Department of Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy withdrew the deputation of Governor Antonio Cerilles as Napolcom representative effective immediately.

According to resolution No. 2017-571, the Commission had been “in receipt of a confidential report outlining the abuse of authority committed by Governor Antonio Cerilles of Zamboanga del Sur which would warrant the suspension or withdrawal of his deputation as NAPOLCOM Reprsentative.”

“Resolved further that the exercise of the duties, obligations, powers and prerogatives vested unto the aforementioned local chief executives as NAPOLCOM deputy under Section 51(a) of RA 6975 and Section 64 of RA 8551 are hereby suspended accordingly,” the order said.

It was not immediately known what acts of the Governor constitued abuse of authority.

Under Section 64 of Republic Act 8551, governors and mayors, upon having been elected and qualified as such, are automatically deputized as representatives of the National Police Commission in their respective territorial jurisdiction, which carries with it the authority to inspect police forces and units, conduct audit and exercise other functions as may be duly authorized by the Commission.

Under the said rule, governors are also authorized to choose their Provincial Director from a list of three (3) eligible recommended by the PNP Regional Director and oversee the implementation of the provincial public safety plan.

The President of the Philippines is however authorized to suspend the power of operational supervision and control of any local executive over police units assigned or stationed in his jurisdiction.

Upon assumption to office of President Rodrigo Duterte, one of his first major initiative was the eradication of abuses being committed by goverment officials, both appointed and elected, the resolution stated.

Aside from Cuy, the resolution was signed by Commissioners Rogelio Casurao, Felizardo Serapio Jr., Job Mangente, Leonida F. Brosas and Ronald dela Rosa.(Ely Dumaboc)