Police general who seized GMA reporter’s phone during Traslacion promoted anew
MANILA, Philippines — In a span of just a week, the police general who grabbed a television reporter’s phone during this year’s Traslacion has again been promoted.
Brig. Gen. Nolasco Bathan was appointed as second in command of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), according to a reassignment order from the Philippine National Police (PNP).
He replaced Brig. Gen. Herminio Tadeo as the deputy regional director for administration. Tadeo was reassigned as the new director of the PNP Health Service.
Bathan, who was then the district director of the Southern Police District when the Traslacion incident happened, was promoted as the NCRPO’s deputy director for operations last Feb. 6.
Brig. Gen. Florendo Quibuyen was designated as Bathan’s replacement at the SPD.
The reassignments became on Friday, Feb. 14.
Bathan earlier got flak for grabbing the cellphone of veteran GMA reporter Jun Veneracion when he was documenting a commotion between police officers and devotees of the Black Nazarene during the Traslacion on Jan. 9.
A day after the incident, Bathan apologized for his action, insisting that it was “somehow a misunderstanding.”
Bathan also denied having ordered the deletion of the video of the commotion which was captured by Veneracion’s phone.
Edited by MUF
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.