- PNP Chief Ronald 'Bato' Dela Rosa ordered the dismissal of Senior Supt. Benjamin Santos, who happens to be city director of Cebu's capital
- This caused Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña to retract his support for General Dela Rosa
- 'Bato' issued a statement of apology, hoping to win back the support of the mayor
Early Monday morning, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Ronald 'Bato' Dela Rosa apologized to the Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña for any disrespect he may have caused after he ordered the transfer of Senior Supt. Benjamin Santos.
Santos, among other officials, was relieved of duty and ordered to relocate his post. This caused Osmeña to withdraw his support for Dela Rosa.
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After his command visit to the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7), the PNP chief gave his apology and hoped that the Mayor of Cebu City would not be disappointed with his order.
“Pasensya na, sir ug nahiubos oa ug gitangtang imong city director,” he said.
(I apologize, Sir if I have dissatisfied you with the relief of your city director).
While he conceded that the police could survive without finances from the government and could seek support from other sources, General 'Bato' also encouraged the mayor to reconsider.
“We really need you. Please don’t abandon us in this fight.”
Nevertheless, the PNP General has also encouraged all of his policemen stationed at the Cebu City Police to not be discouraged about the mayor’s withdrawal of support. Instead, he encouraged the officers to remain vigilant in the fight against crime.
Other police officers who were relieved alongside Santos were Senior Supt. Jonathan Cabal of the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO), Senior Supt. Arnel Libed of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO), and Senior Supt. Clifford Gairanod of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO).
Dela Rosa also added in the brief press conference that many PNP officials around the Philippines were also dismissed for allegedly being involved in illegal drug activities, such as receiving bribes from drug lords.-Kami Media