DESPITE their being under investigation, Philippine National Police (PNP) officials linked to the disappearance of some 900 high-powered firearms remain in active duty.
“No [they have not been relieved]. The investigation is still ongoing and that’s why we cannot talk or discuss about it,” Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac on Wednesday said.
Sindac explained that the officials have yet to submit their statements on the allegations against them.
“Maybe after [they have submitted their statements they would be relieved from their posts],” he added.
It is standard operating procedure that government officials, including police and the military, are automatically relieved from their posts pending results of investigation to prevent the accused from influencing the outcome of the probe.
At least five ranking police officials, including a top contender for the highest PNP posts when Chief PNP Director General Alan Purisima retires on November, were tagged as among those responsible for the missing AK-47 and Armalite rifles.
The five were identified in earlier reports as Director Gil Meneses, head, PNP Civil Security Group; Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta, commander, Police Regional Office 3; Chief Supt. Tom Rentoy, of the Supervisory Office for Security Investigation Agencies; Sr. Supt, Regie Catiees, executive director, PNP Directorate for Comptrollership and Sr. Supt. Eduardo Acierto Jr.