MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police Chief General Guillermo Eleazar relieved Lt. Col. Christine Tabdi from his post as Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 3 commander.
This, after the controversial deployment of police personnel to the sixth state of the nation address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte pending the results of their RT-PCR tests which later yielded COVID-positive results.
“Inutos ko na ang administrative relief ng station commander ng QCPD station o Talipapa Police Station dahil sa command responsibility,” Eleazar said.
“Iniimbestigahan na natin ang maaaring paglabag sa ipinatutupad naming protocol sa mga PNP personnel habang naghihintay ng resulta ng RT/PCR test,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mayor Joy Belmonte said all cops responsible for the said deployment of infected police will face charges for violating the standard health protocols.
“That is punishable under RA 11332, and however the city government we do not have the disciplinary jurisdiction over the Quezon City Police District, that’s why I believe the Chief PNP Guillermo Eleazar should address being their superior.”
Tabdi earlier explained that none of those cops who tested positive had no contact with other individuals since they were assigned in route security.
However, QCPD Director PBgen. Antonio Yarra confirmed that apart from route security, the said cops were also deployed to the UP Techno Hub on Monday as among the Civil Disturbance Management Team.
“Iyong meron lang engagement doon yung assigned in front of the Techno Hub. Iyong ating mga civil disturbance management personnel na assign dyan, gaya ng sinabi ko 41 of the Station 3,” Yarra said.
Meanwhile, Belmonte explained why the results of the tests were delayed for days.
“The molecular laboratory of the Quezon City can only handle a thousand sample a day so yung mabilis overnight nagagawa namin yan pero since we get four thousand a day already, the rest we have to submit to the Philippine Red Cross and that takes a while,” she said.
Currently, the PNP is focused on the contact tracing and swab testing of those who had close contact with the 51 COVID-positive cops. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)