Jul 11, 2020

City won’t pursue own case vs. Balonglong, declares him “persona non grata”

Oliveros said Balonglong is already expected to face charges before the National Bureau of Investigation and the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD).

(UPDATED) Majority floor leader city councilor Victor Oliveros said Monday they would no longer file a separate case against former City police chief Col. Marion Balonglong, as the city declared him “persona non grata.”

Oliveros said Balonglong is already expected to face charges before the National Bureau of Investigation and the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD).

“Recommended ng investigation ang filing of appropriate case sa National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD),” Oliveros said.

Councilor Elgin Damasco, author of the resolution, said the move should discourage Balonglong from coming back to the city.

Balonglong was relieved of his post on June 12 through an order issued by PNP chief General Archie Gamboa over the alleged “maltreatment” of personnel from the DENR.

Balonglong was being accused to have repeatedly kicked and punched at gunpoint one of the forest rangers, Roldan Alvarez, whom he accused of stealing galvanized iron sheets.

10 DENR officers and other government officials were allegedly illegally arrested and detained by the police officers led by Balonglong himself on June 10.

Balonglong was relieved of his post on June 12 through an order issued by PNP chief General Archie Gamboa over the alleged “maltreatment” of personnel from the DENR.

Balonglong was being accused to have repeatedly kicked and punched at gunpoint one of the forest rangers, Roldan Alvarez, whom he accused of stealing galvanized iron sheets.

Ten DENR and other government personnel arrested and detained by the police officers led by Balonglong himself on June 10.

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