NAPOLCOM to probe Php4.3-million alleged illegal fishing payola in Bicol
|Chief Supt. Victor P. Deona, Regional Director of the Philippine National Police (PNP)|
In attendance at the RAC meeting were NAPOLCOM Regional Director Eduardo Santos Jr., Bishop Joel “Bong” Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi, and other ranking officials of the PNP.
In an interview by BICOL STANDARD, Deona said that all police officers who were named or identified in the alleged scheme are now relieved from their posts and temporarily detailed at Camp Simeon Ola in this city.
"This will give NAPOLCOM the free hand in the investigation," Deona said.
Bishop Baylon, who attended the RAC meeting, admitted that it is truly difficult to curtail the illegal fishing activities because some local officials are involved.
Del Socorro personally commended the Regional PNP chief for achieving a considerable amount of success against the illegal fishing activities in the Bicol region.
“I am deeply concerned about the impending reshuffle of Police Directors, since I understand that RD Deona may be given another assignment. We have made a substantial dent in the number of illegal fishing activities in the entire region, and it is because of the sincere effort of Deona," Del Socorro said.
Despite the lack of equipment of the police, big-time commercial fishers involved in illegal fishing in Bicol in the region have been charged in court.