14 CIDG men axed for alleged extort try

MANILA, Philippines – Fourteen personnel of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) were relieved from their post on Friday following their ‘involvement’ in an alleged extort try on a Chinese national in Manila last month.

The relief of these 14 police officers from the CIDG’s Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crimes Division (AFCCD) has also triggered a wide-ranging revamp in the CIDG, the premier investigating arm of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

CIDG Chief, Director Samuel Pagdilao Jr., ordered the administrative relief of these 14 personnel AFCCD from their alleged involvement in the extort try on Edwin Tan Ngi, a Chinese national last February 23.

Relieved were Chief Insps. Teodulo Armanda, Bienvenido Reydado, Fernando Reyes, SPO3’s Rosauro Almonte, Leandro Santos, SPO2s Juancho Medalla, Victor Dimaano, Eduardo Liwanagan, SPO1 Veronica Villareal, PO3s William Geneblasco, Sitti Usman, Glicerio Encela, Alfredo Bautista and PO2 Joven dela Cruz.

The 14 will be transferred to the CIDG’s Maintenance and Technical Service Division (MTSD) from the AFCCD to pave way for a  impartial investigation on the extort attempt of the Chinese national.

Aside from these movements, Pagdilao announced the reshuffling of another chiefs of CIDG regional and provincial units as an offshoot of the CIDG’s performance and evaluation of various CIDG units in the past six-months.

Pagdilao added that the revamp in the CIDG was carried-out to step-up the campaign of the CIDG against most wanted persons in line with the program of actions being implemented by the PNP leadership.

Effective on February 29, 2012, Supt. Nazario Fernandez has assumed as the new regional chief of 4BRCIDG leaving his former assignment as chief of the Police Community Relation (PCR), Operations Management Division (OMD).

Chief Insp. Vergilio Madronio, formerly with the Anti-Organized Crime Division (AOCD) was assigned as the new provincial officer of Rizal CIDG while the outgoing Rizal provincial officer, Chief Insp. Eduard Mallo, was reassigned to CIDG OMD.

Chief Insp. Joel De Mesa, formerly the CIDG’s Public Information Office (PIO) chief was assigned as the new provincial officer of Quezon CIDG replacing Chief Insp. Joselito Villarosa, who was reassigned to CIDG regional office in Central Luzon.

Chief Insp. Marlon Santos, formerly with the CIDG’s Detection and Special Operations Division (DSOD) was assigned as the new provincial officer of Cavite CIDG replacing Chief Insp. Reynaldo Magdaluyo, who was reassigned to CIDG regional office in the National Capital Region (NCR).

In Pampanga, CIDG provincial chief, Chief Insp. Julius Cesar Mana was reassigned to the Regional Office in Central Luzon and was replaced by Chief Insp. Hernando Cunanan.

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