Abalos issues order to revoke Bamban mayor’s power over cops

DILG orders Napolcom to start revoking Bamban mayor’s power over cops

/ 05:36 AM May 21, 2024

DILG orders Napolcom to start revoking Bamban mayor’s power over cops

Interior and Local Government Secretary Benhur Abalos Jr. —Noy Morcoso/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. said on Monday that he has ordered the National Police Commission (Napolcom) to start the proceedings to revoke Bamban, Tarlac Mayor Alice Guo’s control and supervision over the police force in her town.

Local chief executives have control over the Philippine National Police units within their jurisdiction.


“I have instructed the Napolcom to initiate proceedings for the withdrawal of the mayor’s deputization. This means that after this investigation, if there are sufficient grounds, we will withdraw the deputization of Mayor Guo as a consequence or the privileges attached thereto are revoked immediately, including its control and supervision of [the] local police,” Abalos said at a press conference in Camp Crame.


READ: DILG recommends preventive suspension of Bamban Mayor Alice Guo

Under a Napolcom memorandum circular, elected governors and mayors are “automatically deputized” as their representatives in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) earlier created a seven-man task force to investigate Guo’s alleged link to the illegal activities of a Philippine offshore gaming operator (Pogo) in Bamban, a second-class town in the province of Tarlac, where she was elected mayor in 2022.

It also recommended to the Ombudsman that she be placed under preventive suspension due to “troubling findings of illegal acts.” Abalos said his agency has no power to impose such a penalty, adding that they were ready to file a formal complaint against Guo if requested.

Citizenship issue

Guo’s Filipino citizenship and the possibility of her being a Chinese “asset” have raised concerns from government officials amid the inquiry into her alleged Pogo links.

Zun Yuan Technology Inc. (ZYTI), a Pogo hub located behind Bamban city hall, was raided by authorities in 2023 and 2024 due to allegations of human trafficking and serious human illegal detention.


The Pogo industry flourished under former President Rodrigo Duterte. But his successor, President Marcos, has been hesitant to push Pogos in the Philippines due to its social costs, citing the crimes linked to them.

In a Senate hearing early this month, Guo admitted that she used to own half of Baofu Land Development Inc., the owner of the property being leased by ZYTI, but claimed that she sold her shares before she ran for mayor.

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

The Office of the Solicitor General has also launched its own investigation to determine if she has the legal right to hold public office amid questions about her citizenship and other credentials.

TAGS: Alice Guo, Benhur Abalos

© Copyright 1997-2024 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.