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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, May 26, 2012
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Relief of Bacolod
police officials denied


The Police Regional Office-6, through its Human Resource Doctrine and Development Division, yesterday said there are no relief orders for Bacolod City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz and Special Operations Task Group head Supt. Santiago Rapiz.

Text messages received by media entities from an unnamed source yesterday, said De la Paz is set to be transferred to Dumaguete while Rapiz will be assigned in Antique effective May 31.

The reason was not specified.

Aside from Rapiz and De la Paz, five other unidentified police non-commissioned officers from BCPO will also be reassigned to different provinces in Region 6 also for unspecified cause, the text message also said.

However, HRDDD chief, Senior Supt. Celestino Guara said the reports about the relief of the two BCPO officials and other personnel are merely “gossip”.

Guara said only policemen from Capiz are up for relief this month and none from the BCPO. He added that if there are, indeed, relief orders for De la Paz and Rapiz, it would be made public.

De la Paz was not available for comment yesterday as he was attending a seminar in Iloilo.

Rapiz said they have not received any relief order, therefore, they will stay in BCPO. He said the relief reports are only demolition jobs against them.

Rapiz added that they might have stepped on some people’s toes in the course of the performance of their duties, and that is probably the reason for the fabricated stories against them

He said they are not afraid to be relieved because that is a normal process in the police service.*APN

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