By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Following a complaint filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Deputy Provincial Prosecutor Ma. Consolacion Bascug by Pulupandan municipal police chief, Police Senior Inspector Allan Reloj, who was earlier relieved as commander of the Moises Padilla Municipal Police Station in connection to the arrest of Moises Padilla Vice Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo, the law enforcement official is also requesting the Prosecutor’s Office official be inhibited from the case.
In an email copy of the motion sent to Watchmen Daily Journal yesterday afternoon, Reloj attributes the request to the handling of the case filed against Garcia-Yulo and her husband, Felix Mathias Yulo, regarding illegal possession of explosives charges, claiming, with Bascug present, “I cannot expect anymore impartial and fair treatment of my cause of action.”
The motion also includes Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Else Madrangca-Sendico, who the police chief believes is working “in connivance” with the deputy prosecutor.
Reloj, earlier, filed a complaint to DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, where he accused Bascug of having “a penchant for dismissing illegal drugs cases,” which results in accused drug lords going free. The law enforcement official went on to color the provincial prosecutor as an “undesirable and eccentric character.”
He pointed out, in terms of the case surrounding Garcia-Yulo, Bascug ordered their release on the grounds of “mere possession” as prima facie, or evidence utilized to provide a first impression of a case.
Reloj noted, however, illegal possession of explosives is a non-bailable offense.
Last month, Reloj led the arrest of the city official at a police checkpoint, where firearms, explosives, and suspected drugs were seized from the Yulos’ vehicle.
Garcia-Yulo claimed the checkpoint was illegal and the two were later released from custody by order of the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.
She and her husband proceeded to file a complaint against Reloj after finding out their release was ordered on December 29, 2017, but were freed on January 8, 2018.
Following the incident, Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office director Police Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Castil, Jr., ordered Reloj’s relief and transferred him to the Pulupandan Municipal Police Station./DGB, WDJ