ILOILO – Police Colonel Roland Vilela,director of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO), has demanded anexplanation from two municipal police station chiefs and 50 policemen. The IPPO director tasked theadministrative section of the IPPO to gather the explanations of the two policechiefs and 50 policemen and forward these to the Investigation and DetectiveManagement Division for evaluation. Vilela identified the two policestation chiefs as Police Lieutenant Joebert Amado of Cabatuan and Police Major LeonardAmar of Pavia. “The higher headquarters called up dahil hindi pa ako nakapagbigay ngkumpletong situation report, and I cannot give such report in the absenceof facts, so I went to these police stations that did not submit reports. Ifound out that wala ‘yung chiefs ofpolice nila,” said Vilela. He said they were not in their postswhen he checked their areas on Monday during the nationwide transport strike. It should not have been the casebecause all leaves are cancelled when the police is on full alert, stressedVilela. “Angiba sabi nila nag-patrolya daw perowhen I asked for their integrated patrol deployment eh wala naman sila na-present. So the burden of proof is on them,”said Vilela. “I went, too, sa mga Highway Police Assistance Desks kasi I ordered na maglagayor doble ‘yung personnel nila doon kasi nga transport strike. Sadto know ikaw ‘yung commander wala ka doon. You have to explain thatto me,” said Vilela. In the case of the Cabatuan policechief, Vilela said he learned that Amado was on leave. The 50 policemen, on the other hand,were from the municipalities of Pavia (16), San Miguel (11), Maasin (nine),Cabatuan (nine), and Oton (five), said Vilela. The IPPO director said the effect ofthe strike to the commuting public was “almost insignificant.” “I called him up at nag-sorry naman,” saidVilela. Only 282 PUJ operators joined thetransport strike, he said, from four towns (San Miguel, Cabatuan, Oton, andLeganes), The IPPO director said he went to thepolice stations of the six towns to get “actual situation reports” on thetransport strike. The IPPO placed the entire provinceunder full alert status on Monday due to the transport strike. Vilelaalso said the day was generally peaceful./PN If proven to have abandoned theirposts, they could be charged with dishonesty, considered a grave offense thepenalty of which is dismissal from the service.