A RANKING Camp Crame official was relieved of his post Tuesday apparently on the say-so of a lawmaker who threatened to slash the police force’s budget if his demand was not met.
Chief Supt. Danilo Mangila, director of the PNP Traffic Management Group (TMG), said he has received an informal order about his relief and was just waiting for an official relief order.
He did not say if it was the National Police chief, Deputy Director General Edgardo Aglipay, who informed him of the development.
A ranking Camp Crame official, who requested anonymity, said Mangila had earned the ire of a lawmaker whose vehicle reportedly was seized by TMG operatives and was discovered later to be on the police’s list of stolen vehicles.
“The lawmaker reportedly got mad after learning that the TMG has put on hold one of his vehicles, which turned out to be stolen,” the official said, but declined to elaborate.
The lawmaker, who represents one of the biggest districts in Metro Manila, reportedly approached Aglipay during the hearing on the Philippine National Police’s budget for 2005 in the House of Representatives.
The police official said the lawmaker asked for Mangila’s relief or the PNP would suffer a major budget cut.
The official said that Mangila would be reassigned to the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Force, which is headed by Deputy Director General Ricardo de Leon.