September 18, 2013 12:15 AM
By: Francis Allan L. Angelo
THREE former police generals who are now congressmen will attend the House probe on the assault mounted by the Iloilo City Police Office’s (ICPO) Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team against Aksyon Radyo-Iloilo last August 25.
In a letter to the office of Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., Negros Occidental Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer, chairman of the House Committee on Public Order and Safety, requested for space at the provincial capitol for the hearing.
The hearing will be conducted September 30, 9am to 12 noon at the 6th floor of the capitol.
Among those who will attend the hearing are former PNP directors now Representatives Romeo Acop (2nd district, Antipolo), Samuel Pagdilao (ACT-CIS partylist) and Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd district, Pangasinan).
The three are members of the Committee on Public Order and Safety given their background in the police service.
Acop served in the PNP during the term of former President Fidel Ramos. He resigned in 2010 with the resignation of former PNP Director General and Senator Panfilo Lacson.
Pagdilao used to be the director of the Police Regional Office (PRO-6), PNP spokesman and head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group before he joined politics.
Bataoil is also a former PNP spokesman and headed PRO-1 in Ilocos region.
Other lawmakers who will attend the hearing are Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo, Fredenil Castro of Capiz, Maria Zenaida Angping of Quezon City, Teodoro Marcelino of Marikina City.
The hearing is an offshoot of the alleged abusive manner by which SWAT members entered and frisked radio station personnel and guards while responding to a fracas in nearby Smallville complex.
The incident happened past 2am of August 25 at Carlos Uy Building along Diversion Road, Mandurriao where the radio station is based.
Aksyon Radyo-Iloilo has filed criminal and administrative cases against eight SWAT members, Mandurriao police officers and their superior officers before the Ombudsman-Visayas.