- Napolcom released a memorandum which revoked Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmena’s supervision on his city’s police force
- This was in line with Osmena’s withdrawal of support to the police after the transfer of his chief director without any consultation
- PNP General Dela Rosa explained to the mayor that the relieved officers were suspected of receiving drug money
The National Police on Commission (Napolcom) revoked Mayor Tommy Osmeña of his jurisdiction in Cebu City’s police force after he withdrew his support on the national campaign against illegal drugs.
The memorandum received by acting mayor Edgar Labella on Wednesday was signed by the head of the commission, Ismael Sueno, and the secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The entire Cebu City police will now be supervised by Region 7 Philippine National Police (PNP) director Noli Taliño. In an interview with Rappler, he also stressed the fact that they will no longer need to coordinate with the mayor of the city.
The returning mayor of Cebu who was known for his support in vigilante-style killings called President Rodrigo Duterte his ‘old friend’ up until the director of the Cebu City Police Benjamin Santos was transferred without consulting him.
In the press conference he gave last July, he relieved himself of the duty and gave the police the sole responsibility in carrying out their tasks. He provided a snide comment when he shared that ‘somebody up there’ doesn’t trust him as much as the citizens of Cebu who voted for him.
Since then, aside from discontinuing the P50,000 cash reward given to police officers for every criminal killed, he also halted the release of 15 patrol cars and 3 vans which were requested by the former chief. The gasoline supply for service vehicles was also cut off.
Osmeña already expressed his doubts on the appointment of Joel Doria as a replacement for Santos because of the concert held in Pasay City last May wherein five people died due to drug overdose.
Before the memorandum was issued, PNP director general Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rose even apologized to Osmeña for the relief of his city director and other police offers whom he suspected of accepting bribe from people involved in drugs.
The 68-year old politician who’s currently in the United States for a medical check-up hasn’t given any statement on the matter.
Just like the current head of the state, Osmeña was also in fire for his support of 202 cases of summary executions as reported by the 2009 Human Rights Watch (HRW). He didn’t deny that he inspired the killings when asked of his responsibility on the issue. The mayor wasn’t ever investigated on the issue.