Cantanduanes Police Chief removed from his post after Blaming the victim on Tarlac Slay for not respecting Policeman

The family lost their mother and son in the hands of a hot-tempered police officer in Paniqui, Tarlac, but the police chief in Catanduanes blames them for what had happened.

In a Facebook post, the Police Chief from Bato, Catanduanes, named Cptn. Ariel Ruego Buraga seems to laugh at Frank Anthony Gregorio, 25, and his mother, Sonya Gregorio, 52. He repeated the words of the policeman's daughter, who proudly shouted, "My father is a policeman," and the old woman's answer in the form of a chorus for the 2ne1 song "I Don't Care."

The chief of the police thinks that people of all ages should respect the police, no matter the situation.

“My Father is a Policeeee Mannnnn ha!!! I don’t care eh eh eh eh eh err!!! P***ng ina mo gusto mo tapusin na kita ngayon???? Bang Bang Bang Bang..

Lesson learn kahit puti na ang buhok o ubanin na tayo eh matuto tayo rumispeto sa ating mga kapulisan. Mahirap kalaban ang pagtitimpi at pagpapasensya.

RIP Nanay and Totoy.”

The post angered so many netizens who pointed out that although he was right to say that people should respect the police, this is not absolute and would depend on the situation. Did he watch the video? The family may have made their mistakes, but they did not deserve to be treated in that way.

Alarmed by the police chief's office, Bato Mayor Juan Rodulfo asked the Provincial Director of Police of Catanduanes, P Col. Brian Castillo was going to remove him from his post. The Mayor pointed out that although the police officer had the right to express his opinion, he had to exercise caution in his social media post.

“We will highly appreciate if the PNP (Philippine National Police) could assign another Chief-of-Police in this municipality to assuage the fears of the constituents of this LGU (local government unit) of a seemingly biased chief-of-police whose loyalty it seems rests primarily with his fellow policemen than with the constituents in his area of responsibility,” the mayor explained.

After receiving a lot of flak on social media, the chief of police removed his post, but screenshots had already circulated and the mayor had already seen it.

Meanwhile, Paniqui Police Chief Lt. Col. Noriel Rombaoa went viral calling on his fellow police officers to exercise self-control and maximum tolerance, reminding them that there is a proper forum for dealing with such situations.

“Sa mga kasamahan po natin sa pulisya dapat self-control kasi nga maximum tolerance tayo, tayo ang may armas. Kung merong umaagrabiyado sa atin merong right forum po riyan, puwede nating kasuhan, not to the point na gagamitin natin ang baril natin,” he said.

After the post went viral, the Chief of Police explained that he did not stand side by side with the wrong cop, but merely pointed out that even the elderly should respect the police, because they are also people who can feel sad when they are disrespected. Watch the interview here:

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