“White e-mail” vs. Gen. Raul Bacalzo
Gen. Raul Bacalzo, reportedly the incoming PNP, is recently the subject of a “white e-mail” that were passed on to some reporters covering the PNP headquarters at Camp Crame.
Bacalzo is scheduled to replace PNP chief Gen. Jesus Verzosa who opted for an early retirement on September 14. Verzosa’s 56th birthday and retirement day as police officer is on December 25 this year.
The white email (derogatory information spread over the Internet from unidentified sources) claimed that Bacalzo is involved in drugs, illegal gambling, among others.
The white e-mail also claimed it came from some disgruntled junior PNP officers who know Bacalzo’s background as an officer and the alleged shenanigans he made while on his way to the top echelon of the police force.
Gen. Bacalzo and I do not know each other. But I think that the derogatory information being spread against him is unfair and maybe those who fabricated it have thousands of reasons to do it.
The incoming PNP chief does not need to think deep to find out on who are the people behind the issuance and publication of the white e-mail. Most of them appear or project to be very close to him. They also would soon ask favors from him.
I received a text message from a friend yesterday telling me that former PNP Narcotics Command Chief Gen. Reynaldo Acop and his former subordinate Gen. Francisco Villaroman stands to lose the direct bribery/extortion case filed against them by Mary Ong, alias Rosebud, in 1998.
The Sandiganbayan, in a resolution dated August 11, 2010, has upheld the testimony of Rosebud that the two officers allegedly extorted money in exchange for the release of suspected Chinese drug trafficker Wang Jin Luan and some companions in a subdivision in Quezon City. Wang Jin Luan and some companions were supposedly arrested in a drug bust operation in Quezon City in December 1998.
Rosebud is privy to the case because, as an undercover agent under the then Narcom’s Oplan Athena, she was extensively used by said police agency as deep penetration agent-cum-interpreter on every captured Chinese drug lords.
I was informed that Acop and Villaroman allegedly extorted P3 million and 10 kilos of shabu from Wang Jin Luan’s group in exchange for their release and the non-filing of drug cases against them.
It is really hard for an officer to be involved in anti-drug operations because, whether they like it or not, they hands would soon get sullied in the course of their work.
Very recently, Villaroman was appointed to replace resigned WPD chief Gen. Reynaldo Magtibay in the wake of the botched August 23 hostage-taking incident at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. But the adverse reactions dished out by Rosebud and Teresita Ang-See from the Citizens Action Against Crime from Villaroman’s promotion put much pressure on the government which quickly recalled the order for him to take over the WPD chief post. Whatever it is, I think Villaroman is still lucky. He’s recently been promoted as Chief Superintendent or one-star general.
Embattled Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo appears to be continuously losing his “clout” in Malacanang for allegedly evading responsibility over the bloody August 23 hostage-taking incident in Manila. What he did was a “mortal sin” for Pnoy.
By the way, it would be too early for Robredo to go. From what I heard, he was just a “spare tire” placed by the Balay group at the DILG, and that his post is “reserved” for defeated vice-presidential bet Sen. Mar Roxas who is just a-waiting for the one-year ban to lapse.
The Balay group, I heard, is still trying its best to preserve their alliance to the Samar group whose members are pushing for the appointment of Vice President Jejomar Binay as DILG chief. This early, the Balay group led by Roxas appears to be trying to fill the Pnoy government with their appointees in preparation for the 2010 presidential elections.
The Balay group would surely get mad if and when the time comes that the present dispensation would appoint the VP to the DILG. One source said Roxas wants the DILG to be his launching pad in his bid in 2010. The same is true allegedly with Binay.