Sapitula named new Muntinlupa police chief

April 18, 2010 11:38 am 

MANILA, April 18 — The Muntinlupa City has a new chief of police after the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) recently sacked his predecessor for allegedly issuing a police identification card to a civilian who was earlier apprehended for extortion.

Superintendent Romulo Sapitula, who came from the Manila Police District and was named as acting chief of the Muntinlupa City Police Station, replaced Senior Superintendent Elmer Jamias who was re-assigned to the NCRPO’s regional personal holdings and accounting unit.

NCRPO Director Roberto Rosales said aside from his relief, Jamias is also facing administrative charges adding he (Jamias) can be charged with serious irregularities in the performance of duties for issuing a Philippine National Police (PNP) identification card to a civilian with the rank of a police inspector.

“Based on the recommendation of the Napolcom (National Police Commission), he was ordered relieved immediately. He will be subjected to an investigation,” NCRPO spokesman Supt. Rommel Miranda said.

Jamias' relief stemmed from an incident in which one Joel Tordillos was arrested along with SPO1 Alfredo Mendoza and PO3 Celestino delos Santos, for allegedly extorting money from a businessman.

Jamias could not be reached for comment as of press time.

Mendoza and delos Santos are both assigned at the Muntinlupa Police Station.

Rosales said Jamias's issuance of a police ID to a civilian was questionable though he added the latter will be given the chance to air his side.

Also sacked were Jamias' men Mendoza and Delos Santos, who have been charged with robbery extortion along with civilian Tordillos.

Tordillos was found in possession of a Philippine National Police (PNP) ID card identifying him as a police inspector (lieutenant). It bore Jamias’ signature.

Mendoza, Delos Santos, and Tordillos were arrested in an entrapment operation by a joint team of Napolcom and NCRPO-Intelligence and Operations Unit on March 10.

The suspects were the subject of a complaint filed by junkshop owner Oscar Espinosa.

Espinosa said the three men went to his shop on March 5 pretending to inspect the junk motor engines on display. When he failed to produce documents on three of the engines, the two policemen allegedly threatened to arrest him.

The suspects demanded P45,000 for each engine so they would not be confiscated. Mendoza also ordered the businessman to give them two sacks of rice every month.

Miranda said Jamias was given the opportunity to submit his explanation. The sacked police chief is now on a floating status.

“We coordinated with (Muntinlupa) Mayor (Aldrin) San Pedro and he respected our decision to relieve Colonel Jamias,” Miranda said.

Rosales said Jamias will be charged with serious irregularities in the performance of duties.

Aside from robbery-extortion charges, Mendoza and De los Santos were charged with Comelec gun ban violation while Tordillos with usurpation of authority before the Muntinlupa City Prosecutors’ Office. (PNA) DCT/CLTC

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