INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año yesterday ordered the immediate relief of three ranking police officials of Region 12 for their alleged involvement in a P2 billion investment scam.
Año directed Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde to sack Sr. Supt. Manuel Lukban, Jr., Sr. Supt. Raul Supiter, and Supt. Henry Biñas, all of PRO 12.
According to the DILG chief, the relief order was necessary to prevent the accused ranking officials from possibly interfering and influencing the conduct of a formal investigation.
Reports said that the three, along with several other uniformed and non-uniformed personnel of the General Santos City Police Office, are the ones running the Police Paluwagan Movement. (PPM).
The PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group was tapped to conduct an immediate investigation into the scam that has allegedly victimized members of the PRO 12, their families, relatives, and friends.
“Ako’y nababahala sa balitang ito. Mga pulis, kabilang ang ilang matataas na ranggong pulis, ang umano’y nagpapatakbo ng investment scam. Inaatasan ko si PNP chief Albayalde at ang CIDG na agad itong imbestigahan at aksyunan nang wala nang mabiktima pa at para managot ang may sala sa batas,” Año said.
The DILG chief said that the PPM investment scam has attracted various sectors of the community in Region 12, including prosecutors, judges, entrepreneurs, and other ordinary civilians due to “very tempting big interest offered by the group.”
PPM allegedly offers 60 percent interest rate every 15 days on the money invested by investors.
In the span of a few months, PNP personnel involved in the scam have allegedly acquired multiple assets.
The syndicate allegedly issued checks that cannot be encashed due to insufficiency of fund in the bank accounts of the PPM.
Some 30 police personnel and civilians are allegedly involved in the scam.
“I want the other regions to know of this scam so that they do not fall prey to a similar scheme. Let this serve as a warning to them that the DILG-PNP will not tolerate any wrong doing among our ranks,” Año said.