Kawit has new top cop

August 27, 2021 Dennis Abrina 402 views

KAWIT, Cavite has a new police chief.

Cavite Provincial Police Director Col. Marlon Santos on Wednesday installed Maj. John Conrad Villanueva as the new top cop of Kawit town.

Villanueva replaced Maj. Joel Palmares, who was sacked as Kawit police chief, after three detainees escaped from the police’s lock-up facility in Bgy. Potol.

The new Kawit top cop paid a courtesy call on Kawit Mayor Angelo Aguinaldo at the new municipal hall in Bgy. Potol.

Calabarzon Police Regional Director Brig. Gen. Eliseo DCCruz said the removal of Palmares was based on the principle of command responsibility.

Administrative charges are also being prepared against Palmares.

Also sacked was Staff Sgt. Ryan De Guzman, the guard on duty when the jailbreak at the police station occurred.

Inmates Tristan Antonio, 19; Rhino Ortega, 27; and Jon-Jon Portez, 22; escaped after destroying the padlock of the gate of the police’ custodial facility.

The three are facing charges for theft, carjacking and illegal drugs, respectively.

Ortega surrendered last Tuesday while Antonio and Portes remained at large.

Cruz urged the public to report to authorities any information on the whereabouts of the escapees.