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PNP chief to decide on Nobleza’s fate

The fate of Superintendent Maria Christina Nobleza is now with the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) as the Internal Affairs Service disclosed yesterday that it is already done with the investigation on her arrest in Bohol for allegedly trying to rescue trapped Abu Sayyaf men.

Lawyer Alfegar Triambulo, IAS inspector general, said they have already submitted the result of the investigation and their recommendation to PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa two weeks ago.

“We are just waiting for the signature of the Chief PNP on our draft decision, being the disciplining authority,” said Triumbulo.

Triumbulo, however, would not disclose their recommendation on the case of Nobleza, saying it could be premature to disclose it since dela Rosa may either affirm or change their recommendation.

But he said that what Nobleza did was improper being a middle-ranking officer of the PNP.

Nobleza, then the acting director of the Southern Mindanao regional police Crime Laboratory, was collared in Bohol with her partner in April this year for allegedly trying to rescue wounded Abu Sayyaf members in Clarin town.
It was recalled that more than a dozen Abu Sayyaf went to Bohol to kidnap foreigners. All of them, however, were killed after several days of manhunt.

“It is really improper because you are aware of what she did. She abandoned her post in Davao and went to a place where enemies of the government were staying,” said Triumbulo.

“Granting that she was with her husband, being at the wrong place is already enough,” she added.

Nobleza’s partner was a suspected member of the ASG. Her defense is that she is a deep penetration agent of the government against the Abu Sayyaf.

And since what Nobleza did was improper, Triumbulo said it would fall under an administrative charge of Conduct Unbecoming of an Officer. (Aaron Recuenco)