CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Twenty-two town mayors in Lanao Del Norte and Gov. Imelda Quibranza Dimaporo decried the National Police Commission’s (Napolcom) resolution stripping them of police powers as biased and unfounded.
Dimaporo said they will submit a resolution on Monday asking the Napolcom to review its resolution and lift the order.
On Tuesday, the Napolcom stripped seven provincial governors and 132 city and town mayors in Mindanao of police deputation powers on the ground that the local executives were engaged in “acts inimical to the national security and providing material support to the criminal elements.”
Dimaporo was among the seven provincial governors stripped of deputation powers.
The governor denounced the resolution as biased to Muslim officials in Mindanao since most of the affected provinces, cities and municipal towns are run by them.
“The Napolcom is biased and ignorant on what is really happening in Mindanao,” Dimaporo said.
She pointed out that Lanao Del Norte is not after the deputation because the provincial government can operate without being deputized.
“What really pains and frustrates us is the allegation in the Napolcom resolution, which tends to destroy our credibility as partners in the government’s fight against lawlessness and the local terrorists,” Dimaporo said.
Lanao Del Norte Rep. Khalid Dimaporo said he will file a resolution to ask Congress to conduct a probe on the basis of the Napolcom resolution.
Lanao del Norte Mayors League president Allan Lim of Lala town said the curtailment of its administrative power over the police cannot change the continuing efforts and commitment to safeguard their areas especially on the borders of Lanao del Sur.
“The resolution of the Napolcom tagging Lanao del Norte officials as passive on the war against drugs and supportive to terrorists gave negative impact and disappointing to local officials who have been working very hard for the promotion of their local tourism and taking efforts to alleviate the living standards of the people,” Lim added.
The sentiment is shared by Mayor Marcos Mamay of Nunungan and reiterated that his administration is not supporting terrorists or drug traders.
“The generalized resolution of the Napolcom does not help the purpose but turned our initiatives blurry. We hope they would consider our appeal because our tandem with the PNP is very significant in delivering effective service to our constituency,” Mamay said.
Stripped of deputation powers were Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu and 28 mayors in the province; Lanao del Sur Gov. Mamintal Adiong Jr. and 37 mayors; Sultan Kudarat Gov. Datu Pax Pakung Mangudadatu and 12 mayors; Sulu Gov. Abdusakar Tan 2nd and 13 mayors; Basilan Gov. Hadjiman Salliman and 10 mayors; Tawi-Tawi Gov. Nurbert Sahali and nine mayors; and Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi of Cotabato City.
CRIS DIAZ AND RAUL DINAPO