SAN FERNANDO, La Union (DWDD) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) leadership of Police Regional Office 1 and the whole PNP as well, condemned in the strongest manner the brutal killing of the former lawmaker Eufranio Eriguel.
In a statement made by Police Chief Superintendent Romulo Sapitula, Regional, Director PRO1, “we would like to express my deepest sympathy to the bereaved family of the late former congressman Eufranio C Eriguel, may the comfort of our God be with you and may you be consoled by the outpouring support of our kakailians!”
Meanwhile, in response to the privilege speech of Congresswoman Sandra Eriguel on May 28, 2018, at the House of the Representatives wherein she blamed the police particularly the PRO1 leadership as responsible in the recall of the police personnel detailed as their protective security, C Supt Sapitula emphasized that the PNP Region 1 never recalled security escort of the late Eriguel, the fact that they never detailed police personnel as his protective security, because he is not entitled to it.
First, he is not an incumbent public official. Second, he is identified as Narco-Politics by no less than the President of the Philippines Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Third, no written request for protective security was received by this office. The PNP only recalled the police escorts of Congresswoman Sandra Eriguel and Mayor Stefanie Ann Eriguel and these personnel were detailed for them as a matter of courtesy and not a policy.
Furthermore, the policy is that the Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG) of the PNP who is the one in- charge of providing security protection for the VIPs and qualified personalities.
Sapitula added that as much as the PRO1 desired to prevent the recall of the police personnel, they are duty-bound to do so in compliance with the PNP National Headquarters’ directive.
Furthermore, while they share with the sentiments of the Eriguel family, and as Regional Director of the Region 1 police, they are also mandated to implement any legal orders to that effect, where the security maybe recalled or terminated anytime or even before the expiration of the detail when the demands of the PNP so requires which holds true during the election period.
During PRO1’s series of conferences with the COMELEC and AFP in Region 1, they discovered that they lack about a thousand personnel to man the voting places and the detail of these security personnel to election duties is one of the noblest tasks which is to secure the rights of the people to suffrage.
With respect to the allegation that Police Chief Inspector Alfredo D Padilla Jr., then the Agoo Chief of Police failed to dispatch security detail at the Meeting de Avance at Barangay Capas, Agoo, La Union is now one of the matters being investigated by the SITG Eriguel.
Lastly, Sapitula stated that for now, this is not the time of finger-pointing, for this will not help in the speedy resolution of the case. What everyone need now is the concerted effort of every concerned individual and iIt is the desire of the PRO1 leadership to resolve this case as early as possible to give justice to the victims. PRO1 / MCAG