PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde orders relief of cops caught during anti-colorum drive

(File Photo) Newly appointed PNP DG Oscar Albayalde Photo ©

PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde has on Friday ordered the immediate relief of two police officers who were recently apprehended by members of the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic during anti-colorum operations.

In statement released by the PNP Communication Office, Albayalde said his order was in response to a report sent by Department of Transportation Undersecretary and I-ACT Chairman Tim Orbos about the apprehension of Police Chief Inspector Juan Saldua Cipriano Jr. of the Southern Police District and SPO4 Ronnie Arimbuyutan Druja of the PNP Aviation Security Group.

According to Orbos the two officers were caught driving unmarked vehicles disguised as passenger vans in southern Metro Manila on April 26 by I-ACT and Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board personnel. Apart from driving colorum (unregistered) vehicles, the vans were also marked with stickers from the Office of the President. (Read More:

Both officers are confirmed to be in active service. They will now be placed under the PNP-Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit, and will be investigated by the Counter Intelligence Task Force.

Albayalde expressed his gratitude to the DOTr for not tolerating the wrong doing of the police.

“Nagpapasalamat ako na hindi nila pinalampas yong mali ng ating mga kapulisan. Magsilbi sana itong babala sa iba pang kapulisan,” he said as he gave assurance of the PNP’s full support and cooperation for the anti-colorum efforts.

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