Sacked Calabarzon police chief defends ‘Coplan Armado’


Chief Superintendent James Melad. INQUIRER / NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

MANILA, Philippines—Even if disapproved, “Coplan Armado” will still push through because approval from the Presidential Anti-Organize Crime Commission (PAOCC) was for funding purposes only, Chief Superintendent James Melad, former Regional Director for Region IV-A of Calabarzon said Wednesday.

Melad who was sacked by President Benigno Aquino III, went to the National Bureau of Investigation to give his statement on the shooting incident in Atimonan, Quezon early this month where 13 people were killed.

The former head of the Calabarzon police on Wednesday said that “Coplan Armado” targeted “jueteng” and illegal drug operators in Southern Luzon. It was signed by Superintendent Hansel Marantan, chief of intelligence of Calabarzon police. He was the only one injured among the police during the incident.

“I signed the case operational plan and it was submitted [by Marantan] to PAOCC for possible funding,” Melad said.

“[But] the disapproval is only on the portion of funding. On operation, go pa rin (it’s still a go),” Melad told reporters at a press conference.

Melad said he approved the operation because it was part of their stepped up drive against criminal elements especially that the May 2013 elections is just a few months away.

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  • Meynard Ventura

    i just dont know why people get sacked whenever they do their jobs. tsk tsk

  • Juanito

    philippine politics is one of the dirtiest.he is relieved to preserve the image of the malacanang.ngconduct pa ng investigation kuno.

  • Bayan Panona

    This is the very reason and clear picture why PNP should not be under the DILG.

    To simplify, Politicians command PNP, if the result is positive, the PNP gets credits, but the Politicians gets more of them. But if the result is negative or even appears to be negative, the PNP is condemned by the Politicians, and the Politicians get all the credits.

    The role of media: If the result is positive, no comment because not that catchy.

    If it is negative, selectively MAGNIFIES everything to further condemn the involved PNP personnel.

    And most of the time, they (media) act as investigators, lawyers, CHR representatives, and many more. hahahay! Jack of all trades! 

  • potatosalad

    tama na yan Halalan na.

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