SHAKEDOWN: Eleazar sacks Calbayog City police, 9 other cops over ‘encounter’ that killed mayor, viral letter

Published March 14, 2021, 12:58 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

The chief of police of Calbayog City and nine other policemen were sacked from their posts over the alleged March 8 encounter that killed Mayor Ronaldo Aquino, and the alleged blunder committed by the local police intelligence chief whose letter to the local court for the names of lawyers representing people linked to communist rebels went viral in the social media.


Lt. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, Officer-In-Charge of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said the reorganization at the Calabayog City Police Station is part of the effort to improve the investigation, intelligence and operational capabilities of the local police force amid the two controversial incidents that hit the local police force in just a span of one week.

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Eleazar said Lt. Col. Neil Montaño was relieved for command responsibility over the two incidents. He will be replaced by Lt. Col. Rodolfo Albotra.

“This reorganization is intended not only to improve the investigation and intelligence capacity of the Calbayog City Police Station in the light of the two incidents but also to infuse new ideas and strategies on peace and order with the deployment of new police officers in the area,” said Eleazar.

On Friday, the head of the intelligence unit of Calbayog City Police, Lt. Fernando Calabria Jr. was relieved over the controversial letter wherein he asked the local court of Calbayog City to provide him with the names of the lawyers who represent personalities and groups identified with what he described as Communist Terrorist Group. The incident triggered concerns among the members of the legal community.

Calabria was replaced by Maj. Ruel Burlat.

Aside from the two officials, Eleazar said that he also approved the recommendation of Brig. Gen. Ronaldo de Jesus, director of the Police Regional Office 8, to replace nine policemen in the Calbayog City police. “They were already relieved and were re-assigned to the Samar Provincial Police Office to refresher training,” said Eleazar.

Eleazar said that a new commander of the Calabayog City-based 1st Samar Provincial Mobile Forces Company was installed to calm the tension and address the security apprehensions of the local residents following the incident that killed Mayor Aquino.