By Jel Santos
Metro Manila’s top cop reminded ranking officials of the Philippine National Police not to abuse their authority following the suspension of Eastern Police District’s (EPD) director.
Major General Guillermo Eleazar, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) head, said that ranking officials should use their leadership to improve the lives of others, and not to satisfy their personal greed.
“Leadership is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed, but it is a privilege to improve the lives of others. Let us always remember that. We have learned so much on that particular incident,” he said during the turnover ceremony at EPD in Pasig City Wednesday morning.
The NCRPO chief was referring to an incident that led to the relief of Brig. Gen. Christopher Tambungan, who was accused of physically assaulting a police corporal in Greenhills, San Juan last week. A video of the incident was leaked to the media.
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“We, senior officers, are here to guide and take care of our men and women. We must not abuse our posts, and we must always remember that we are here to protect and provide their needs,” Eleazar added.
Tambungan is now facing an administrative complaint. He was temporarily assigned at NCRPO pending probe. He was relieved on May 12.
Eleazar assured that the investigation will be fair and impartial, saying justice will be served.
On Wednesday morning, NCRPO officially installed Brig. General Nolasco Bathan as the new EPD director.
He previously served as deputy regional director for administration at the Davao Police Regional Office.
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