5 ROOKIE COPS IN TALISAY CITY RELIEVED FOR DRUG OPS ‘SELFIE’
CEBU CITY — The controversial Talisay police station is again in hot water after five of its rookie policemen were caught taking a "selfie" during an anti-drug operation in one of the barangays there.
Cebu Police Provincial Office, Director Senior Supt. Manuel Abrugena ordered the five newly-assigned policemen relieved starting Monday, while they were placed under investigation.
Accordingly, Abrugena himself caught the five policemen in the act of taking pictures of themselves in “happy faces” along with two drug personalities identified as Armando Unabia, 54, and Gerald Geraldizo, 42, who were arrested during the police operation.
The Philippine News Agency learned that the operation was conducted in Sitio Candaya, Barangay Linao in Talisay City last week.
The police seized more than 70 plastic packets of crystalline substance believed to be shabu during the operation.
Abrugena explained that it is the police's standard operating procedure not to reveal the identities of suspects to the public during operation.
The five rookie policemen are now facing administrative charges.
To recall, Central Visayas’ Police Regional Office (PRO-7) Director, Chief Supt. Debold Sinas ordered the relief of all the policemen assigned in Talisay City in September 2018, following reports that some of them were protecting drug personalities.
Sinas ordered the personnel from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion in Central Visayas (RMFB-7), an elite force of the Philippine National Police (PNP), to man the city’s police station and to patrol the sitios.
Only Talisay police chief, Supt. Marlu Conag, was spared by the order of Sinas. (PNA)
Photo from Talisay Police