Mayor seeks to replace police chief after viral statement on Tarlac shooting

MANILA, Philippines – The mayor of a town in Bato, Catanduanes has asked their town's chief of police to be replaced after his statement on the Tarlac shooting has gone viral.
Ariel Buraga Tarlac shooting

Mayor Juan Rodulfo sent a letter addressed to Catanduanes Police Provincial Director PCol. Brian Castillo saying they were "disturbed" over the Facebook posts of municipal top cop Cptn. Ariel Buraga over the recent shooting of Sonya and Frank Gregorio by Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca on Sunday.

"We will highly appreciate if the PNP (Philippine National Police) could assign another Chief-of-Police in this municipality to assuage the fears of the constituents of this LGU (local government unit) of a seemingly biased chief-of-police whose loyalty it seems rests primarily with his fellow policemen than with the constituents in his area of responsibility," said Rodulfo.

Ariel Buraga Tarlac shooting

The mayor's request is currently being studied by the Bicol Regional Police Commander PBrig. Gen. Bartolome Bustamante.

Earlier, Buraga trended online after saying that the Tarlac shooting is a "lesson learned" that even elders should respect the police.

Part of his Facebook post said, "lesson learned, kahit maputi na ang buhok mo or ubanin na tayo, matuto tayo rumispeto sa ating mga kapulisan. Mahirap kalaban ang pagtitimpi at pagpapasensya. RIP Nanay and Totoy."

Ariel Buraga Tarlac shooting

A netizen clarified his statement by asking him, "So, sinasabi niyo po sir na kasalanan ni Nanay na binaril siya dahil wala siyang respeto?" Buraga replied, "yes".

— Sally, The Summit Express

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