June 8th, 2012
By Ivy C. Tejano
Thursday, June 7, 2012
PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) director Chief Nicanor Bartolome ordered the police in Eastern Visayas and Davao region
s to run after former Davao del Sur Provincial Police Office (DSPPO) chief accused of rape and sexual harassment.
Bartolome issued the directive after the Sandiganbayan released an order dated February 15 for the arrest of Senior Superintendent Cesario Darantinao, who is reportedly hiding in the two regions.
Darantinao, native of Biliran in Eastern Visayas, is facing administrative charges before the PNP, Sandiganbayan, and criminal charges before the court, for rape and sexual harassment.
Superintendent Marcial M. Magistrado, spokesperson for the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Davao, said the charges against Darantinao stemmed from the complaints of six women, including a policewoman, and wife of a police officer in 2009.
Magistrado said the respondent was relieved from his post at the DSPPO in July 2009 and from the PRO-Davao’s Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit (RPHAU) in January 2011.
“He was supposed to report to the RPHAU at the PNP headquarters after he was relieved from our office (PRO-Davao), but he is now nowhere to be found thus, the directive of the PNP director to PRO 8 (Eastern Visayas) and 11 (Davao),” Magistrado said.
Magistrado added that even the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is tasked to run after the respondent.
“So the manhunt operation against him is not just limited in Davao del Sur, it includes the entire Region 8 where he lives, and here in Region 11 where he was formerly assigned,” Magistrado said.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 07, 2012.
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