Statement of DILG Asec Jonathan E. Malaya, DILG Spokesperson, on the withdrawal of deputation authority and police powers of Mayor Carlwyn Baldo of Daraga, Albay

January 8, 2019

Following the withdrawal of deputation powers of Guimbal Mayor Oscar Garin yesterday because of abuse of authority, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), chaired by DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año, formally ordered today the withdrawal of the deputation as NAPOLCOM Representative and the suspension of police power of Mayor Carlwyn Baldo of Daraga, Albay.

Baldo was tagged as the alleged mastermind in the assassination of AKO Bicol Partylist Representative Rodel Batocabe on December 22, 2018 after the gift-giving activity for senior citizens at Barangay Burgos, Daraga, Albay.

The NAPOLCOM en banc issued Resolution No. 2019-014, dated January 7, 2019 approving the withdrawal of the deputation of Mayor Baldo after he was identified as the principal suspect behind the assassination of Congressman Batocabe, which also resulted in the death of his close-in security, SPO2 Orlando Diaz, and the wounding of 7 civilians.

Mayor Baldo violated three of the four grounds for the withdrawal of the NAPOLCOM deputation of local chief executives (LCEs): abuse of authority; providing material support to criminal elements; and engaging in acts inimical to national security or which negate the effectiveness of the peace and order campaign.

The removal of the deputation power of Mayor Baldo was approved pursuant to the provisions of Section 65 of R.A. 8551 (PNP Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998) and NAPOLCOM Memorandum Circular No. 99-010, as amended by MC 2001-003, which prescribes the guidelines in the exercise of delegated powers of LCEs over the local police units as NAPOLCOM Deputies, and the procedures on the suspension/withdrawal and restoration of such deputation.

The DILG therefore reiterates its warning against all politicians not to intimidate, harass, or do violence against their political opponents in the forthcoming elections otherwise they will face the full force of the law.

Political terrorism has no place in the government and the DILG and its attached agencies will run after those who resort to political violence to ensure their hold in power.