Concepcion, Tarlac – – Mabuti siyang tao, walang batayan ang paratang sa kanya.
Thus, said the town folks who are protesting the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) order against Mayor Andy Lacson.
In an en banc resolution issued by the NAPOLCOM, Lacson was stripped of his supervisory power over the local police.
The resolution dated November 3, but was received by Lacson’s office on November 10 says, “The commission hereby resolved, as it is hereby resolved, to withdraw the deputation of Mayor Andy Lacson
as NAPOLCOM representative, effective immediately”.
Under the law, the NAPOLCOM deputize municipal mayors to exercise supervisory control over local police force.
“We know him as a very decent person, principled, honest and strongly against drugs. We cannot believe he is into drugs. What is their basis in accusing him?”, said Father Mon Capuno, head of the Parish Pastoral Council of this town.
“Kilala namin siya mula bata pa siya. Alam namin na hindi siya gumamit, lalo na nagbenta, ng ano mang droga. Galit nag alit siya sa droga kaya walang basehan ang kanilang paratang”, said Barangay Sta. Rita Chairwoman Lydia Sampang.
The NAPOLCOM resolution, which was signed DILG secretary Catalino Cuy, Atty Rogelio Casurao and 4 other commissioners, accuses Lacson of being “engaged in illegal drug trade/activity”.
In an interview, Lacson branded the NAPOLCOM order as baseless and malicious.
“Hindi po tama ‘yung report nila dahil kahit pumunta sila dito to validate for themselves, napakalayo sa personality ko, sa activity ko, ‘yung sinasabi nila. Baseless po iyan kahit saan sila magtanong dito”, Lacson said.
“Para nila kaming pinatay na walang honor. Iyong mga taong hindi kami kilala [ay] hindi na mababawi sa kanila ‘yung masamang impresyon. First time akong na na-involve sa fiasco sa ganito pa. Nagsimula akong youth leader sa SK (Sangguniang Kabataan), councilor, vice mayor for three terms, at second term ko na sa pagka-mayor ngayon, never akong na-involved sa ganyan,” he said.
He added that in his many years in public service, it was the first time that he was linked in illegal activities.
Barely a couple of months ago, Lacson was received a special commendation from the PDEA region 3 Director for his “support to the government’s campaign against illegal drugs”.
The PDEA commendation came after the local police arrested 3 barangay councilors and 2 municipal employees for their involvement in illegal drugs.
In FB comment on the issue, Jonathan Manalao said, “(this is) the Philippines biggest fake news I’ve ever heard. Akusasyon na walang basehan. Walang patas na imbestigasyon. Yan ang batas meron ang pilipinas. Ganyan karumi at kadaya ang batas ng Pilipinas. Mga high-end drug lords di makulong- kulong di mapatay-patay kasama na si Baste Duterte anak ni (Presidente) Rodrigo Duterte. Napakalungkot isipin na ang butihing anak na matulunging tao, mahusay at matalinong alkalde ng aming bayan ay sinangkot sa drug trade ng mga taong inggit at gahaman sa kapangyarihan.
Sought for comment, Tarlac Police Provincial Director PSSupt Ritchie Posadas revealed that, “adjudication is (now) being conducted by the national agencies” on the issue raised against Lacson.
Adjudication is a police term for “reinvestigation”.
A prayer rally in front of the Concepcion municipal hall to “force the NAPOLCOM to reconsider its order,” has been ongoing.