200 policemen arrive in Maguindanao to augment police force

January 27, 2010 11:28 am 

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao, Jan. 27 — Some 200 policemen from Davao region have arrived here at dawn Wednesday to start new assignment and tour of duty.

Sr. Supt. Alex Lineses, acting Maguindanao provincial director, personally accompanied the policemen from PNP-Regional Office 11 in Davao City.

The policemen will form part of the "reorganized" Maguindanao police provincial office which was deactivated following the Nov. 23 Maguindanao massacre.

Some of the police officers were linked to the carnage and are undergoing investigation with the Department of Justice.

PNP Director General Jesus Versoza has ordered the relief of all police officers assigned in Maguindanao and re-assigned them to other police offices in Mindanao.

Lineses said police officers who were not in any way involved in the massacre were also relieved to give a new face to the provincial police office.

There were about 800 policemen in Maguindanao who were reassigned to other police regional offices while others were sent for re-training, re-orientation and indoctrination.

"All towns in Maguindanao have new police force with new police chief," Lineses said.

Two police provincial mobile group from other regions in Mindanao were also sent to Maguindanao.

Lineses said reorganization of police office is still on going while they are preparing for the coming elections.

Maguindanao police have been identified with former Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr.

Following the massacre, senior police officials were relieved, including the police chief in the regional office in Camp SK Pendatun, Parang, Maguindanao.

Also relieved following the carnage was an Army brigade composed of three Army battalions which was moved to Lanao del Norte provinces. (PNA)

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