Newly-installed officer-in charge Police Supt Jose Capinpin (left) answers questions from the media in an ambush interview at the Camarines Norte Police Provincial Office. Juan Escandor Jr Senior Supt Joselito Esquivel is on the right. – Photo by Bicol Mail
DAET: Camarines Norte Gov Edgar A Tallado lamented that the police provincial director of this province has been relieved from his post for still unknown reason.
On Wednesday, June 27, Police Chief Supt Victor P Deona installed Police Supt Jose L Capinpin as officer-in-charge of Camarines Norte Police Provincial Office (PPO), replacing Senior Supt Joselito Esquivel.
“I am saddened by the sudden relief of the police provincial director. It happened without due process,” Tallado said.
He said Esquivel has performed well in his watch with robberies and other index crimes effectively checked but he said it surprised him why he is relieved.
Talks are ripe here that Esquivel was relieved because he failed to enforce a moratorium on small-scale mining in the province that Interior and Local Government Sec Jesse Robredo has ordered.
Tallado said Robredo should understand that “it’s a political suicide” to stop small-scale mining in the province, which involve some 10,000 families depending on it.
“These small-scale mining activities will leave families depending on it hungry,” he said.
Tallado said he learned about the relief of Esquivel but he was not officially informed.
When asked whether Robredo is behind the relief of Esquivel, the governor declined to comment.
Police Chief Insp Honesto Garon, public information officer of Camarines Norte PPO, said that two other police officials here were relieved of their posts.
Garon said the other police officials relieved of their posts were Police Supt. Lito Andaya, chief of intelligence division, and Police Supt. Gadfredo Tul-o, chief of operations division.
He said Capinpin, who was installed here as officer-in-charge of the PPO here, was formerly assigned as chief of the Regional Operations and Production Division at the regional office in Legazpi City.
Capinpin said the relief order of Esquivel came from Camp Crame but said he has no knowledge about the basis of the latter’s relief.
He said Tallado mentioned to him the order from Robredo to stop small-scale mining and that he has not read it.
Capinpin said Esquivel, who declined to be interviewed, has no new assignment yet. – Bicol Mail