The chief of police in Baler, Aurora was relieved of duty on Wednesday, just a few days after his men arrested the sister-in-law of Mayor Nelianto Bihasa for illegal drug possession.
The chief was transferred to the administrative division of the provincial police headquarters Camp Ravina.
The police chief will be replaced by a senior inspector from Dipacaulao.
The transfer comes just five days after regional police arrested Leila Sanchez-Bihasa in an anti-drug sting operation in Barangay Suklayin.
Police have filed charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or (the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act) before a local court against Sanchez-Bihasa, wife of the mayor’s brother Amay Bihasa.
Oddly Bihasa is among the town’s “most wanted” drug personalities – when arrested she was found to be in the possession of 1.9 grams of shabu.
“We were just doing our job and I want to show that the police are not under the control of politicians,” the police chief said.
He said the arrest of Sanchez-Bihasa proved that there is no sacred cow in Baler when it comes to illegal drugs.
Asked if his relief has something to do with the arrest, the chief said: “Maybe, it’s possible.”
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