Urdaneta police chief sacked due to 41 stolen handguns
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
URDANETA CITY – The chief of police here was relieved from his post last week after 41 firearms were stolen from the police armory. OUT: Supt. Marcelino Desamito Jr. (Photo Credit:Eagle News)
Superintendent Marcelino Desamito Jr. was replaced by Superintendent Jackie Candelario, according to this city Mayor Amadeo Gregorio Perez IV.
Disamito was assigned to the Regional Police Office in San Fernando City, La Union after 41 firearms, mostly Beretta and Glock pistols, were looted by personnel of the station last year.
“It’s a caretaker position,” Supt. Candelario, a classmate of Disamito at Philippine National Police Academy, told Northern Watch through text of his assignment.
Candelario would be running the station here while still serving as deputy police provincial director for operation of the police force of Pangasinan.
Perez said the office of the mayor had nothing to do with the loss of the handguns that were reportedly looted by a Police Officer -3, a janitor, and some law enforcers suspected to be former members of the station’s logistics division.
“I don’t have a hand on the relief of the chief of police. That was their internal decision,” the mayor said.
He said Desamito could not be directly blamed for the theft of the firearms as he did not know that the suspects, some of whom are now in police custody, would steal and either pawn or sell the firearms.
He also denied that the 41 firearms that were stolen were donated by his predecessor and father Mayor Amadito Perez, Jr.
He said 29 of the handguns were recovered already and returned to this city’s police station.
Police source who asked anonymity cited the P30,000 to P40,000 Beretta or Glock pistol was each sold or mortgaged for as low as P6,000 each.
Candelario said 17 of the 41 lost handguns were already recovered by the police since December 24, 2016 from various persons like businessmen the suspected police officer, janitor, and the other eight police personnel of the station.
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