Col. Lee did the right thing re rotten police chief

Oh.. My... God!

One will just be stricken with endless ‘iling (head shaking from side to side)’ when you go online and find that the lead story is about a provincial police chief allegedly caught sleeping with a female inmate under his jurisdiction.

The chief of police of Argao, Cebu was arrested for allegedly sleeping with a female inmate during an inspection conducted by the Philippine National Police – Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) headed by its Director, Police Col. Ronald Lee.

According to the probe done by Lee, this happens in exchange for allowing the said inmate and another, said to be serving as a helper, to spend the night inside the police chief’s office and private quarters located right at the municipal station, enjoying the comfort of an air-conditioned room and soft bed.

Col. Lee had told a television interview that the two women were supposed to be locked up at the police jail and not sleeping in the room of the police station commander.

Col. Lee is the kind of official that does his job with utmost care and certainty and he is not the type who would compromise.

I don’t think there is any way that the station chief could extricate himself from the trouble he had gotten himself into.

Not only was the beleaguered police chief caught red-handed with the two women inside his office.  Reports also say that the said station commander’s cellphone, once reviewed after having been seized by the raiding team, also had compromising photos.

Among others, reportedly found in his cellphone was one that showed him lounging in his quarters with the two women inmates.  Another photo was worse, for it showed one woman detainee saluting while wearing the said police officer’s uniform. Arghhh!

Worse, based on what Lee had said, the two female inmates whose ages ranged between 23 and 40, were actually there after they were apprehended for offenses involving illegal drugs on separate occasions.

Col. Lee had vowed action and said that the erring police will have to face charges for violation of the Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and of Article 156 of the Revised Penal Code.

In my long years of covering the police beat, I have heard countless stories of chiefs of stations, divisions and even sub-stations (now police community precincts) doing the same thing.  This is nothing new, actually.

For the top officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP), maybe it is worth looking into the fact that even vagrants are being taken advantage of by some unscrupulous law enforcers.

One ‘public knowledge’ story I know is of a police major (he is now retired) who had been known as ‘boy shower.’

This is because wherever he gets assigned, he would order all vagrants rounded up and brought to his office.  From among them, he would choose the best-looking one —or ones— and then order them to take a shower and clean themselves up.

Once they are already devoid of the foul smell and deep-seated dirt on their body, the said major would buy them a new set of clothes and then have sex with them right inside his sleeping quarters.

After this, the vagrant is allowed to get out again and given ‘pocket money.’

Col. Lee did the right thing and I salute him for choosing what is right instead of covering up for a colleague. These kinds of police officials are rotten tomatoes that should taken out of the basketful real quick.


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