Tabaco town mayor kicks out top policeman

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TABACO CITY, Albay: At least 20 policemen including the police chief here have been relieved following the assumption in office on Monday of the newly elected mayor.

Former Commission on Election (Comelec) chairman and retired Sandiganbayan Justice Harriet Demetriou said that the 20 policemen of various ranks showed their political biases before and during election campaign period that they deserve to be ousted in Tabaco City under newly elected Mayor Marie Demetriou.

The former Comelec chair is the sister-in-law and legal counsel of Mayor Marie Demetriou who defeated two-term former-Rep. Krisel Lagman Luistro, daughter of now retired Rep. Edcel Lagman.

Former-Justice Demetriou named the ousted Tabaco police Chief Supt Benedicto Pintor who she accused of closely working for the defeated mayor during his almost eight-month stint as police chief. He was replaced by Chief Insp. Francisco Barotito as officer-in-charge.


Pintor had replaced then-police Chief Supt Adan Magdasoc who was immediately relieved October 30 last year.

Justice Demetriou said that the erstwhile Tabaco City officials were hostile to police officers who pounce on illegal gambling workers. One Sr. Police Officer 1 Borromeo was immediately reassigned in a secluded town after arresting a jueteng worker. Magdasoc was sacked after 30 days for his anti-jueteng stance.

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