Retired cop’s family given enough time to vacate ‘gov’t property’ in Taguig — PNP

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 21)— The family of the retired police officer in the viral Taguig incident was given several notices and enough leeway to move out of the compound, the Philippine National Police said Tuesday.

PNP spokesperson Bernard Banac told CNN Philippines that upon retirement, police personnel are given a one-month grace period to vacate the place they were billeted in, given it was a government property.

The police officer in question retired in 2019, according to the Southern Police District, but his family has yet to relocate from the camp grounds.

“There have been many instances already and notices, advisories sent to the family advising them to finalize their plans to relocate and vacate because the PNP would be needing such space,” Banac said in an interview with The Source.

“They’ve been advised and regularly they are being visited by personnel of Southern Police District to remind them, but unfortunately until now they haven’t made plans to vacate such facility so it came to this— a confrontation took place,” he added.

Banac stressed that the space where the family has been staying is part of an area covered by PNP’s agreement with the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“This whole area of Fort Bonifacio used to be part of Armed Forces reservation so the PNP has a standing memorandum of agreement with the Philippine Navy for the use of such area… And until such time that there is a court order saying otherwise, that remains to be a government property,” the PNP spokesperson said of the ownership issue.

Some police officers including Metro Manila police chief Debold Sinas recently came under fire after the group allegedly threatened the kin to move out of the area, insisting it was a government property. The concerned party, on the other hand, said they presented documents including a land title to prove that the house is private property.

A clip of the incident— which made rounds on social media over the weekend— showed Sinas seemingly confronting the residents in a loud voice. A man in a wheelchair was seen reasoning with the police officer, while another policeman grabbed the cell phone of one of the residents when he was seen taking a video recording.

Banac said Sinas’ team passed by the area to inspect a proposed site for COVID-19 quarantine facility. However, he stressed that the alleged harassment of some officials— including phone snatching— will be part of the issues that will be tackled in the PNP’s investigation.

READ: PNP to investigate Sinas' alleged harassment of retired cop's family in Taguig

Sinas, for his part, said he is open to the investigation and will be ready to answer the complaints amid the probe on the issue.

Banac noted that the NCRPO will be willing to assist the relocation of the family, provided there is a definite plan for the move.