Slammed on Facebook, cop chief told to do job


TACLOBAN CITY—Do your work and don’t be sensitive.

This was the advice of Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria, of the police regional office in Eastern Visayas (PRO-8), to Supt. Rico Tome, Maasin City police chief, who invited seven Maasinhons to appear at the city police station after posting harsh comments on a Facebook page, criticizing the police for failing to stop four robberies that occurred in a span of 24 hours.

“He (Tome) should not be sensitive. Instead, he should work and confront the problem,” Soria told the Inquirer in a phone interview.

Instead of inviting the residents to explain why they criticized the police on their Facebook page, Soria said Tome should address their concerns immediately.

He added Tome could improve police visibility in the streets to deter the commission of crimes in Maasin.

Soria said that based on the article that came out in the Inquirer, he didn’t find the comments of the netizens a personal attack on Tome since these were complaints against the perceived inaction of the police.

Although he issued a slight admonition to Tome for what he had done, Soria said he would leave it to Senior Supt. Allan Cuevillas, police provincial director, to decide the action to take against Tome.

“I have issued a directive addressed to the provincial director to take action,” Soria said.

In an earlier interview, Tome said he didn’t mean to scare the seven Maasinhons when he asked them to appear at the city police station on Nov. 7 after posting harsh comments on Facebook.

“We would just like to remind them that what they did was not right. We will just give them a warning,” he said.

“It’s true that we have freedom of expression. Now that there’s Facebook, unlike before that it’s only radio and newspaper, they could just say defamatory remarks against us. You know the law could run after them,” he said.

But not one of those invited showed up at the Maasin City police station on Nov. 7. The Maasin police didn’t issue a second invite.

The invitation stemmed from the comments posted on the Facebook page called “You are from Southern Leyte if…” about the four break-ins on Nov. 2 and 3.

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  • hooseir_sam

    who is responsible to hire and fire the police chief? the problem lies there.  this official represents every elected official in maasin.  for him to continue to work for maasin, it seems his actions are condoned by the officials who are in charge.  not to fire him immediatly sent a very loud warning, to keep him longer, sends a poor signal of leadership. 

  • dadomakapal

    Wa nay second invitation, kay gisalvage na man ang pito. Ingon ni Tsip Tome, “oh ayan kaming pulis ang balaod dinhi. Kamo ang PNP (Pinatay Ng Pulis) kang bata ka.

  • Internecine2012

    “You know the law could run after them.”  –  How about a police that could run after criminals and actually catch them? No wonder they can’t close the case, because were too busy on facebook!

    “We would just like to remind them that what they did was not right. We will just give them a warning” – I have a feeling they were acting based on egos, and nothing logical at all. Can we have a new set of law enforcers that actually know the law, basic human rights, and the Philippine Constitution?!!

    • eric_santiago1

      a police that could run after criminals… how about a police that can just run with their bloated tummies

  • jawaini

    may karapatan ang mamayan na magreklamo sa performance ng public servants kasi sila ang nagbabayad sa sahod nyo…kung ayw mong may masabi ang mga tao laban sa ‘yo…gawin mo ang trabaho mo…huliin ang mga masasamang loob sa lugar nyo…instead na huliin ang mga mamayang walang kasalanan at nagsasabi lang ng totoong nangyayari sa teritoryo mo…4 na kasong nkawan…anong nangyari nitong mga kasong ito..masakit talaga ang katotohanan harapin…pero di dahilan na pigilin mo ang mga tao sa pag paalala sa ‘yo sa tungkulin mo…sila ang mga amo mo..kung nka intende ka kung ano ang public servant…ayusin mo trabaho…sila din mismo ang pupuri sa ‘yo….gud luck chief….

  • Pio Gante

    yan si ka elmer, di nangungunsinti ng tao.

  • Nic Legaspi

    “You know the law could run after them.”

    So how about a law that runs after government officials not doing their jobs? Do we have that as well?

  • chit g

    stupid comment… no matter how lame he tried to explain it, the fact that he said ” You know the law could run after them” was already obvious

  • joboni96

    kasohan ito
    for human rights violation

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