PNP-NIR to Probe Intel ‘Leak’

The Philippine National Police in the Negros Island Region is conducting an investigation into who leaked a confidential police memorandum warning of an alleged planned attack by the New People’s Army (NPA) against some mayors in Negros Occidental, said Senior Inspector Armilyn Vargas, spokesperson for the Police Regional Office 18.

Vargas said it was Chief Superintendent Edmund Gonzales, NIR police director who ordered the investigation.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Castil, officer-in-charge of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO), admitted releasing several such memos but stressed that they were supposed to be confidential.

Castil was upset after copies of the memorandum were circulated and even published in the local newspapers.

The memo was aimed to warn municipal police chiefs about the NPA’s “planned liquidation” of their respective mayors, based on intelligence information reaching the provincial command.

A published copy was issued to Chief Inspector Edcel Balibadlan, Isabela chief of police.

Castil had pointed out that their information were still “subject to validation and confirmation.”

The provincial police office director however refused to disclose how many station commanders were issued such memorandum.

Gonzales sternly warned all police chiefs to instruct their subordinates to refrain from releasing confidential documents to the public, Vargas said.

Administrative charges may be slapped against officers leaking confidential information but more severe punishments are always possible, Vargas added.*