Luzon-based ‘rogue’ cops arrive in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Fifty-four policemen facing administrative charges arrived here on Tuesday, February 21, from the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.

They are among the more than 300 policemen accused to have misbehaved that President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered reassigned to the province of Basilan.

The C-130 “Hercules” plane that ferried them touched down around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Edwin Andrews Air Base (EAAB) in this city.

The policemen, including four policewomen, have undergone initial administrative processing before they were transported by a military truck to the Majini Pier of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM).

From there, they boarded a Navy vessel that transported them to Basilan via Isabela City, the province’ capital.

Chief Supt. Theodore Sindac, Police Regional Office-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PRO-ARMM) director, said they will be assigned alongside with the policemen of Basilan province.

However, Sindac said they will undergo medical test and cultural sensitivity orientation before they will be assigned to different areas of the province.

There are two city and 11 municipal police stations under the Basilan Police Provincial Office (BPPO). Two of the 11 municipalities are island towns.

Sindac said the assignment of the Luzon-based policemen to the province of Basilan “will put to test their bravery and skills.”

“We will utilize them to the best of their ability,” Sindac said.

He said their assignment in Basilan will also “disconnect them from whatever networks or illegal activities they were accused to have committed.”

He said that 34 of the 54 who arrived here are from the National Capital Region (NCR). The others are from Regions 2, 3 and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

He said those who did not report to their new assignment will face administrative sanction for Absence without Official Leave (AWOL). Teofilo Garcia Jr/PNA-northboundasia.com