Mayor asks to replace police chief for saying elder’s lack of respect for cops caused Tarlac shooting

  • Mayor Juan Rodulfo has requested for their municipal chief Cptn. Ariel Buraga to be replaced
  • Buraga earlier posted on Facebook that the incident in Tarlac involving a cop should be a “lesson learned” that even elders should respect cops
  • The town mayor said the cop‘s comment was disturbing for a chief of police

The mayor of a town in Bato, Catanduanes has requested that their town’s chief of police be replaced after his controversial statement on the Tarlac incident involving a cop went viral.

Image by Radyo Pilipinas Catanduanes via Facebook

Mayor Juan Rodulfo sent a letter addressed to Catanduanes Police Provincial Director PCol. Brian Castillo saying they were “disturbed” over the Facebook posts of municipal chief Cptn. Ariel Buraga over the recent shooting of Sonya and Frank Gregorio by Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca.

“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,” said Rodulfo.

The mayor’s request is currently being studied by the Bicol Regional Police Commander PBrig. Gen. Bartolome Bustamante.

Image by Ariel Buraga via Facebook

Earlier, Buraga trended online after saying that the Tarlac incident is a “lesson learned” that even elders should respect the police. Part of his Facebook post said, “Lesson learned, kahit maputi na ang buhok mo or ubanin na tayo, matuto tayo rumispeto sa ating mga kapulisan. Mahirap kalaban ang pagtitimpi at pagpapasensya. RIP Nanay and Totoy.”

A netizen clarified his statement by asking him, “So, sinasabi n’yo po sir na kasalanan ni Nanay na binaril siya dahil wala siyang respeto?” Buraga replied, “opo”.

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