By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY—The highest-ranking police officer of Western Visayas region slammed Iloilo 4th District Rep. Ferj Biron for blaming the Philippine National Police (PNP) after losing the race for the provincial governor.
“He should not blame the PNP for his huge loss. He should blame his propagandists and campaign team,” emphasized Police Brig. Gen. John Bulalacao, director of Police Regional Office (PRO-6).
This is after Biron echoed accusations of his campaign team how the PNP is the private army of Gov. Arthur “Art” Defensor Sr. and 3rd District Rep. Arthur “Toto” Defensor Jr., who won against Biron for governor.
“It is an irresponsible statement from a man who is supposed to be respectable and honorable. We are not anyone’s private army. We have a legal mandate,” Bulalacao told Manila Bulletin Thursday.
The accusations against Bulalacao and the PNP first came from Lemuel Fernandez, Biron’s campaign manager, last Friday. This is after cops arrested four alleged vote buyers and sellers outside Biron’s ancestral house in Barotac Nuevo town.
Bulalacao pointed out the PNP’s work is legitimate as there was an order from President Duterte and Police General Oscar Albayalde to crackdown on vote buying.
Bulalacao also reiterated the PNP did not side with the Defensor campaign and pointed out the arrest of 12 tanods (village watchmen) in Lambunao town for violating the gun ban. The 12 tanods are supporters of mayor-elect Reynor Gonzales, a Defensor ally.
Meanwhile, Bulalacao dared the Biron campaign to file a case against him and the hierarchy of the PNP without factual proof.