Darlan Palencia Barcelon
Legazpi City, [07.23.15] – Police Chief Superintendent Victor P. Deona, Bicol regional police director has dared his accusers to prove how the payola from illegal commercial fishing operators in Bicol region is being delivered to his office, he said on Monday afternoon.
In an interview by The Philippine Examiner, Police Chief Superintendent Deona has categorically denied the allegations attributed to him by a media practitioner from Masbate, that he is behind the protection in the rampant operations of illegal commercial fishing in Masbate.
“As far as my office is concerned, I am not a protector of the illegal fishing in Masbate nor I am receiving payola from it, as a matter of fact since I assumed office as the PRO-5 Regional Director, I removed the payola in order to sustain my campaign against all forms of illegal fishing in the region”, Deona said.
The record will show that under my leadership as the regional director of PRO-5, I implemented the Target Output Policy, a lot of PNP personnel, particularly acting chief of police were relieved from their posts because of poor performance in attaining results under the mantra of Target Out Policy, he explained.
Under the Target Output Policy, the campaign against illegal fishing remains relentless, that is why the big time trawl operators are feeling the sting of the campaign, and there are some lobbyists calling me to relax the implementations against illegal fishing, but I remained steadfast to my policy, Deona admitted.
Because of the Target Out Policy, it has also yielded positive results on apprehensions of several trawl fishing operating in Masbate and Sorsogon, he added.
In an obtained document by The Philippine Examiner, a comparative statistics on illegal fishing covering the period of January 2015- to June 2014, there are 36 cases of illegal fishing were filed in court.
These are the apprehensions made by Masbate Police Provincial Office. On the campaign against illegal fishing, the PPO Masbate has the highest accomplishments, followed by Sorsogon PPO who filed 16 cases in court covering the period of January to May 2015.
In the same vein, Deona called up Norman Laurio, a Masbate media practitioner on Monday afternoon, to inform Laurio to inform his colleagues to come up with a solid proofs how the payola is being delivered to the doorsteps of PRO-5 and reaches the palms of the regional director.
“If some cases of illegal fishing filed in court are dismissed, it’s no longer my fault, it is the court who decides on these legal matters, not me, he ended.