Regional director of Northern Mindanao suspended for 6 months

Published October 29, 2019, 5:13 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Aaron Recuenco

The newly-appointed regional director of Northern Mindanao was suspended for six months based on the order of the Office of the Ombudsman for graft charges.

Office of the Ombudsman (MANILA BULLETIN)
Office of the Ombudsman (MANILA BULLETIN)

Suspended was Brig. Gen. Rafael Santiago, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1986, who recently assumed the regional director post in a revamp effected by Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, the Officer-In-Charge of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Gamboa said his mistah’s suspension order stemmed from a case filed in 2012 in connection with logistical procurement.

“He was relieved because of the suspension order that came out,” said Gamboa.

The Ombudsman’s suspension order was dated October 21.

“Sayang din because he is a good performer. But we have to implement the order,” said Gamboa.

Santiago is set to reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 in May next year.

Gamboa said they will be installing new regional director of Northern Mindanao in the coming days.

Santiago is one of the officers being complained of by some griping senior officers over the recent revamp. They claimed that Santiago was not supposed to be given an assignment since he was facing a case in the Ombudsman.

Gamboa earlier denied that there was a favoritism in the PNP, especially members of the PMA Class 1986 and junior officers close to them.

“There is no favoritism in the PNP. It does not exist anymore in the PNP,” said Gamboa.