- Police chief of Bato, Catanduanes was dismissed from the post due to his viral post
- It was Municipal Mayor Juan Rodulfo who requested the replacement of the officer
- The dismissal has been confirmed by PNP spokesperson Police Brigadier General Ildebrandi Usana
- Buraga will be replaced by Police Lieutenant Fidel Romero Jr. according to Bicol Police Chief Police Brigadier General Bartolome Bustamante.
Police Captain Ariel Buraga, the chief of police of Bato Municipal Police Station, was relieved from the post after the town mayor requested his dismissal, following his controversial post regarding Paniqui shooting incident.
Mayor Juan Rodulfo of Bato, Catanduanes sent a letter to Col. Brian Castillo, the Catanduanes Police Provincial Director. He stated in the letter that he found the police chief’s point of view disturbing.
“We find it very disturbing that the PNP-Bato Municipal Police Station Chief-of-Police Cpt. Ariel R. Buraga has posted in his Facebook account that the slain mother was at fault because she did not give due respect to the policeman, prompting him to shoot her fatally,” he wrote.
The mayor was referring to Buraga’s Facebook post on Monday, expressing his opinion regarding the killing of Sonya and Frank Anthony Gregorio in Tarlac. The mother and son were mercilessly killed by Police Senior Master Sgt. Jonel Nuezca on December 20, Sunday.
The said Facebook post, which has been deleted already, went viral, and received negative reactions from netizens. The chief of police believes that it was the fault of the older Gregorio why the incident resulted in their death. He said that Gregorio's disrespect triggered the police to commit the crime.
Also, Mayor Rodulfo requested the replacement of Buraga as the police chief. According to him, doing so would remove the fear of Bato constituents. He also mentioned that Buraga’s loyalty is with fellow law enforcers, instead of with the citizens within his area of responsibility.
For the said reason, Buraga was dismissed as the chief of police of the municipality. This was confirmed by Police Brigadier General Ildebrandi Usana, the Philippine National Police spokesperson.
Buraga will be replaced by Police Lieutenant Fidel Romero Jr., according to Bicol Police chief Police Brigadier General Bartolome Bustamante.
Police Captain Ariel Buraga gets bashed by netizens over his statement which insinuated blaming the elderly victim, Sonya Gregorio for the crime. According to him, even the elderlies should respect law enforcers. In a previous report by KAMI, President Rodrigo Duterte was already able to watch the video of the shooting incident.
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