7 governors, 132 mayors in Mindanao stripped of police powers

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Seven provincial governors and 132 mayors from Mindanao have been stripped of their police powers.

The National Police Commission (Napolcom) said that the139 local officials were stripped of their police powers after they got in the way of the government’s peace and order campaign, provided material support to criminal elements, had too many frequent unauthorized absences and / or abused their authority.

With the deprivation of this power, the concerned governors and mayors will no longer have administrative control over police units in their respective turfs.

Napolcom resolutions 2017-334 and 2017-335, identified the local officials whose deputation was removed, as Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu and 28 mayors in Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Adiong, Jr. and 37 mayors in Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo and 22 mayors in Lanao del Norte, Sultan Kudarat Governor Datu Pax Pakung Mangudadatu and 12 mayors in Sultan Kudarat, Sulu Governor Abdusakar Tan II and 13 mayors in Sulu, Basilan Governor Hadjiman Salliman and 10 mayors in Basilan, Tawi-Tawi Governor Nurbert Sahali and nine mayors in Tawi-Tawi and Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi of Cotabato City.

Napolcom Vice Chairman and Executive Officer Rogelio Casurao in a statement said the deputation of the local executives was suspended “for their failure to impose measures to suppress terroristic acts and prevent lawless violence in their territories which is inimical to national security and poses serious threat to the lives and security of their constituents.”

“There were also reports of local chief executives in Mindanao being involved in the illegal drug trade which is tantamount to providing support, in one way or another, to the Maute terrorist group or other criminal elements in their jurisdiction, an act which negates the effectiveness of the peace and order campaign in the country,” the Napolcom statement added.

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