For failure to stop kidnapping, Labuan cops back to training PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 November 2012 14:32

After finding there was security lapse in the latest kidnapping in Labuan last November 13, the entire police force in that barangay under Chief Insp. Roberto Marcos were ordered to undergo re-training at the Regional Support Training Unit (RSTU9) in Camp Abendan,Mercedes, this city.

PRO-9 Director Chief Supt. Napoleon Estilles issued the order after the Labuan police  station failed to thwart the abduction of Flordeliza Ongchua, a school teacher  in Labuan last week.

PRO-9 initiated an investigation on the delayed response time of the members of the Labuan Police Station during the kidnapping that could have been prevented had the policemen in the area quickly responded and confronted the kidnappers.

Known for his “One Strike Policy”,  General Estilles sent the entire members of the station to include Chief Insp. Marcos to training to undergo the back-to basic course that will remind them of their vital responsibilities as law enforcers and protectors of the civilian populace. They are the 6th batch of policemen in the peninsula to be sent for re-training.

“Sending them on re-training is not a punishment, but a strong message of reminding them to perform their given mandate as law enforcers properly,” Estilles said.

Labuan policemen will join the men of the Siocon Police Station and Pagadian Police Station who are now undergoing re-training in Camp Abendan after some of them were found to have been involved in drugs while in the police service.

“We impose strong discipline and responsibility among our ranks, that’s why we do not exempt anyone regardless of their positions to accept the penalties of their offenses committed which sometimes cause their jobs,” Estilles said.

Just recently, Estilles recommended the dismissal from police service of some nine erring policemen who committed culpable and criminal offenses as law enforcers.

Zamboanga City OIC  Director Sr. Supt. James Mejia also said the Labuan policemen failed to verify if the armed men were indeed soldiers or rebels. — Bhong Simbajon