The National Police removed from their posts the provincial police director of Camarines Sur and five municipal police chiefs for alleged failure to curb illegal gambling in the province.

Relieved were Camarines Sur Provincial Police director Senior Supt. Ramon Ranara, Buhi Police chief Chief Insp. Alejandro Monge, Cana-man Police chief Senior Insp. Rodolfo Oliver, Pili Police chief Chief Insp. Venerando Ramirez, Pascao Police chief Senior Insp. Joel Sabuco, and Sipocot Police chief Chief Insp. Noel Aquino.

Supt. Renato Bataller, Bicol police spokesman, said the relief order arrived from Camp Crame on Monday and took effect immediately.

“Si RD (regional police director Chief Supt. Jose Arne delos Santos) ang kausap ng isang high official sa Crame, dahil hindi daw matigil ‘yung illegal gambling sa Cam Sur,” Bataller said.

He said Ranara has been transferred to the regional police admininistrative holding unit in Legazpi City while being probed for liabilities under the doctrine of command responsiblity.

“Ang policy kasi, sa one-strike policy, kung may tatlong chiefs of police na tatamaan, at mare-relieve sila, dahil nga sa gambling, ang provincial director, automatic sabay na sa order. Sa kaso na ito, lima ang nawala kaya, hagip na hagip ‘yung PD,” Bataller said.

Monge and the other sacked police chiefs, meanwhile, are expected to be tranferred to the provincial holding unit where they are also set to face investigation.

Asked on the situation of gambling in Camarines Sur, Bataller said he only knows of the jai-alai operation of Meridien Vista.

“Ang gambling doon Meridien Vista, pero hindi naniniwala ‘yung higher office na walang illegal gambling na ihinahalo dito sa jai-alai operation ng Meridien Vista. Ang paniniwala nila, may jueteng na isinasabay,” he said.

It was not the first time for the PNP to remove officers in Camarines Sur due to illegal gambling.

Last March, the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo ordered the PNP to relieve chiefs of police in Calabanga, Pili, and Bato for failing to stop jueteng in their areas. (John Roson)

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