QC PS-3 Commander Sacked After Deploying Cops with Pending COVID-19 Results
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has relieved the Quezon City (QC) Police Station 3 commander after deploying cops with pending COVID-19 results during SONA.
Police Station 3 commander Lieutenant Colonel Cristine Tabdi has been sacked, according to PNP Chief General Guillermo Eleazar, for deploying police despite pending COVID-19 test results in President Rodrigo Duterte’s penultimate State of the Nation Address on July 26.
At least 82 of the police station’s 161 employees tested positive for COVID-19. Eleazar stated in the statement that PS-3 commander Tabdi was fired owing to a lack of command responsibility.
“In view of the apparent breach of protocol when most of these PNP personnel were deployed for SONA duties even if they were still waiting for their RT-PCR results, I have already ordered the administrative relief of the Station Commander, Police Station 3 of the QCPD, for command responsibility. ”
Police Brigadier General Antonio Yarra, director of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), clarified that 51 of them were deployed in SONA. According to Eleazar, they are still awaiting the results of 167 PNP personnel’s COVID-19 tests and are planning for additional testing with the assistance of the Quezon City administration.
“This should serve as a reminder to all our commanders to exercise prudence and to strictly abide with our existing protocols amid the serious threat of COVID-19, especially with the rising number of infections from the Delta variant,” Eleazar said.
Eleazar was “hurt and insulted” by “unnecessary and inappropriate” comments about the infection of over 80 police officers at the station. He pointed out that making such remarks was illogical and cruel, given that cops were deployed during the SONA protests to keep the peace and order.
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