Resigned CIDG-NCR chief denies dismissal

Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-National Capital Region chief Col. Hansel Marantan recently denied reports that he has been relieved of his post following reports of alleged corruption.

In a statement, Marantan stressed that contrary to reports, he had submitted his courtesy resignation to pave way for an impartial investigation.

“As a law enforcement officer, I take responsibility for the men under my command. When one’s professionalism and integrity are questioned, one has to voluntarily hand in his resignation,” said Marantan.

“This will also dispel doubts that the investigation will be influenced,” he added.

Marantan said this move is in support of the government’s campaign to root out corruption among government officials and those in the police force.

Earlier reports said Marantan was relieved from his post due to “questionable” raid conducted byCIDG-NCR in Manila.

The CIDG-NCR operatives allegedly extorted money from a group of Chinese nationals who were arrested in Paranaque.

CIDG chief Brig. Gen. Romeo Caramat Jr. has also belied reports that Marantan was dismissed.

“In fairness to Col. Hansel Marantan, I just received a courtesy resignation from being the regional chief of the NCR field unit. Maybe so as not to influence the investigation we are doing regarding the robbery extortion activity,” Caramat said.

“The matter is now being investigated. Their relief is an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) so as not to have undue influence over the case,” he added.


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